By John Smith • 11 November 2019 • 16:15
One officer can control the ladder from the ground
Credit: Ayuntamiento de Fuengirola
COSTING more than €1.5 million, a brand new piece of fire-fighting equipment, only the second vehicle of its kind to be found in Spain, has been obtained by the Fuengirola Council.
The tender is one of the most modern available on the market and has an extendable ladder over four sections which can reach a height of 32 metres (roughly the tenth floor of a building) and has a special platform which will allow rescue of five people at a time.
Another feature of the vehicle is a stretcher which can take up to 250 kilos in case someone who is morbidly obsess has to be evacuated and has remote control, in order to maximise the number of people being removed from a building.
Officers have been practising with this new piece of equipment before it was formally handed over to them by Mayor, Ana Mula and the addition of this, the only vehicle of its type in the whole of Andalucia, will make matters safer for those in danger during an emergency and also the professionals who face peril every day.
This latest generation piece of equipment has been purchased via a lease from Caixabank Equipment Finance which means that rather than pay the entire cost up front, the council will make 96 monthly payments of €16,000.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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