New state-of-the-art fire truck for Albufeira firefighters
Albufeira’s voluntary firefighters have a new state-of-the-art fire truck which will be used mostly to fight urban fires but can also be used to aid firefighters during wildfires.
The vehicle cost over €206,000 and was purchased by the local council.
It was handed over to the president of the Albufeira voluntary firefighters’ association, Abel Zua, by Albufeira mayor José Carlos Rolo on Wednesday, June 19 during a ceremony held outside the town hall.
The 500-horsepower vehicle has a capacity to store 18,000 litres of water and a pump which allows firefighters to use between 6,000 and 7,500 litres per minute. The fire truck can also hold 50 litres of firefighting foam.
Abel Zua says the vehicle is equipped with “state-of-the-art technology” which will prove extremely useful and reinforce the local firefighting means.
These kinds of investments are considered “absolute priorities” by the local council, José Carlos Rolo told Barlavento.
He explained that the firefighters’ association lists what it needs and then informs the local council, which “helps as much as it can” in a bid to make the local fire brigade as well-equipped as possible.
As the mayor pointed out, “Albufeira is a town with huge populational peaks” where the number of people increases exponentially during the summer, meaning it has to be prepared for all emergency situations.
“It is impossible to imagine a society without firefighters,” said Carlos Rolo, adding that the local fire brigade is unable to purchase the equipment it needs without help.
The mayor reiterated that the local council must take responsibility and support the local fire station “as no other entity will” and that his goal is make Albufeira “increasingly safer”.
Original article written by João Chambino for Barlavento newspaper.