Nearly €2.5 million has been invested so far this year in new vehicles for the Algarve’s fire stations.
According to national tabloid Correio da Manhã, most of the costs are covered by local councils and community funding.
Albufeira alone has received a new urban fire engine, an ambulance and two medical emergency bikes, and is due to be equipped with a “logistical support” vehicle and a van to transport staff by the end of 2017.
Portimão also has a new urban fire engine and a wildfire engine, which replaced another destroyed during a fire in Monchique in June.
CM adds that “efforts are being made to buy a new ambulance as well”.
Elsewhere, a tank truck is due to be purchased for fire stations in Aljezur and Cruz Lusa (Faro), while in Loulé and São Brás two new fire engines are expected.
The tabloid also reveals that Monchique has two new ambulances, Lagos also has a new ambulance and a used fire engine for wildfires, and Messines has a new ambulance to transport “non-urgent patients”.