LIKE it’s compatriots in Fuengirola, the Marbella Council has been working closely with Caixabank to obtain financial assistance to improve its fleet of fire engines.
It has therefore committed to spend just over €1 million in order to purchase via lease, two new all-purpose vehicles which will be particularly useful in fighting forest fires.
They are intended to replace two tenders which are each nearly 30 years old and will ensure that the fire brigade is better equipped to cope with future problems.
These vehicles each carry 4,000 litres of water and are able to transport three firefighters quickly and safely to any flashpoint.
This is part of a long-term plan to improve the quality of the service and will see repairs and upgrades to existing vehicles including a bowser which can hold 8,000 litres as well as another vehicle which will be used by the underwater rescue unit.
Other new vehicles will be purchased as needed and a further 14 new firefighters are being recruited who should be trained by the end of this year, followed by a further five in 2020 alongside several new managers who will work within and a new organisational structure.