Preparing for the worst

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FIRE TRAINING: Volunteers were taught about they risks they may encounter.

A GROUP of 56 volunteers from GLPAs (Local quick response groups) from Tabernas, Canjayar, Ohanes, Lubrin, Pulpi, Fiñana, Bedar, Sorbas and Los Gallardos have been given forest fire related training to prepare them to act and support firefighting teams.

Organised by the Junta de Andalucia regional government’s Environmental and Land Planning department, with instruction by members of Infoca forest firefighting and prevention team, the course was run at the Forest Defence Centres in Alhama de Almeria and Seron, which along with one in Velez Blanco serve as Almeria’s Infoca bases.

The volunteers were taught about the risks they may encounter while putting out fires and how to prevent them and shown exactly how to use protective equipment, tools and hoses. They also received tuition on the behaviour of fire from the experts.

This training, regional Environmental Delegate Antonio Martinez explained, will allow the GLPA members to begin extinguishing small fires as soon as they are encountered while waiting for Infoca teams to arrive, provide logistical support during operations and also take part in projects to recover burned areas.

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