Another approach to fire-prevention

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Another approach to fire-prevention
FOREST FIRE: Always a risk in the Valencian Community Photo credit: GVA.es

ABUSOS URBANISTOS NO (AUN) suggested ensuring that town halls do not allow abandoned land to become a fire hazard.

“If the laws aren’t enforced and fire or other environmental damage comes along as a result, concerned or affected property owners could threaten legal action against towns which don’t properly enforce the relevant laws and bylaws,” AUN’s Charles Svoboda said.

If such damage were to occur, they could actually follow up on the legal process, he added.

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He pointed out that beyond whatever rules there are in Spain, the EU has a host of environmental directives supporting action at any level.

“And it may be possible to obtain EU subventions to bolster efforts aimed at fire prevention, for example providing funds for equipment, fire stations or training,” he said.

The almost constant roar of firefighting aircraft overhead during the summer and the daily reports of blazes in the Valencian Community and many parts of Spain highlighted the importance of immediate attention to reducing the fire risk, Svoboda stressed.


“In principle, it should be more practical and economical – apart from the other benefits – to prevent fires than to pay the cost of damages, or to suffer the enormous and catastrophic loss of flora and fauna habitat as well as human lives and valuable property.”

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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