Viana do Castelo firefighters offer animal transport service

Viana do Castelo firefighters offer animal transport service

Viana do Castelo’s firemen have come up with two original ideas to make money – the first being an animal transport service named ‘Pet Mobile’, which will be available to locals at a relatively low cost. The second is a home-based nursing service.
“We have to come up with new ideas because we cannot live off government subsidies,” the current vice-president of the fire station Luciano Moure explained.
Regarding ‘Pet Mobile’, he said the project is due to start next month.
“We got the idea from another fire station. As we have a vehicle that was going to be decommissioned, we decided to use it for this new service”.
Moure explained it can be used to get animals to the vet and there will also be a special area in the station itself where animals will be able to stay for “two to three days”.
“People who are moving house can use our service,” he said, adding that it would be cheaper than regular animal boarding kennel charges.
The idea of the nursing service came about in a similar way.
“We had an ambulance that was going to stop being used to transport patients and so we decided to transform it into a mobile nursing station,” he said, adding that the plan was to establish agreements with parish councils – especially those furthest away from health centres – so that nurses could perform small clinical tests.
Founded in 1881, Viana do Castelo fire fighting corporation is one of Portugal’s oldest.