Emergency services on Orihuela Costa lacking

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PROTEST RALLY: Calls for the emergency services centre to be completed.

OVER 120 people turned out to protest the non-completion of the Emergency Services Centre in Orihuela Costa.    

The rally took place in front of the skeleton of the building where the foundation stone was laid in 2010 and the partly completed building has stood for years neglected and abandoned.

CLARO political party organised the protest and many other political parties and representatives of associations and social groups attended, including councillor Sofia Alvarez. 

The protesters were told of several regrettable recent instances where ambulances have either not arrived at all or after delays of 40 minutes. The consequences of these delays have been traumatic for those involved and even fatal, with ambulances coming from Orihuela City. In principle, there should be an ambulance stationed in Cabo Roig, but it is very often not there and the night service was withdrawn years ago. 

The fire brigade serving Orihuela Costa is based in Torrevieja and it too is subject to delays since the fire crews are not familiar with the sprawling geography of ever expanding Orihuela Costa and cannot find their destination. There is no 24-hour Local Police station in Orihuela Costa and after 3pm when the Playa Flamenca office of the town hall closes its doors, the police service is provided by a patrol car with a mobile telephone number. 

CLARO President Paul Piccio said if the ratio of Local Police to population was respected in Orihuela Costa, the number of Local Police should be doubled in number.

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