NIJAR Council has approved the 2015 municipal budget, which includes €300,000 for a new fire station and adequate funding to ensure recruitment and provision of vehicles and equipment.
Nijar residents and councillors have been asking for a fire station for months. They had two options, one of which was the creation of a consortium with the city of Almeria and the other to have a dedicated service of their own.
Finally, the balance tipped towards the latter option and 2015 will see it become a reality with the allocation of funds now approved.
Early next year, a committee will prepare relevant reports on how the service will operate. Once approved by UNESPA (Union of Insurance Companies) an agreement will be signed. UNESPA will be subsidising a portion of the services.
The buildings already exist so work will then begin on tailoring them to the fire service’s needs and will include the addition of a fire tower. At this point equipment, facilities, personnel and vehicles will be added.
Mayor of Nijar, Antonio Jesus Rodriguez said: “We believe this is a necessary service. Its location, in the Grantilla industrial estate next to the motorway, allows mobility in the times needed to cover the municipality.”