Jávea U3A
 

Bomberos
Voluntarios

Winter warmer for Fire Brigade

Jávea U3A President Peter Allin presented a cheque for €939.36 to the Bomberos Voluntarios (volunteer firefighters) at their Balcon al Mar headquarters on 18th December. The money was the proceeds of a raffle held during the association’s annual Christmas Extravaganza at the Parador Hotel in November.

ISVH President Erich Brenner, accepting the cheque on behalf of the Bomberos, said he was most grateful for the donation, which he said would go towards running this very valuable service. The brigade costs around €17,000 a year to run and receives an annual grant of €4,000 from Jávea Council (up until this year, it was only €2,500 a year!) – so relies heavily on fundraising and donations to survive.

In October, the Bomberos Voluntarios were the first on the scene of one of the worst forest fires in the area for some years when an electrical fault started a huge blaze in the Granadella National Park. Homes had to be evacuated as firefighters, assisted by brigades from Dénia and Valencia together with helicopters and planes, tackled the fire. But the Bomberos Voluntarios lost €2,500 worth of equipment fighting the fire and have had to rely on donations to pay for 300m of destroyed hoses.

After presenting the cheque, our President, accompanied by his wife Lorraine, Treasurer Mick Cox, Jávea U3A photographer Tom Miller and Publicity Officer Ian Rogerson, were given a tour of the fire station by the ISVH President and Commandante Michael Nickel. It was a real eye-opener to learn just what an important role the Bomberos play in protecting the community and to see the expensive equipment – not least the purpose-built fire engine, which carries 150 gallons of water on board. The service relies on 15 volunteer firefighters, who are each paid just €10 for each call-out!

President Brenner explained that the Bomberos was really the “first line of defence” in the event of fire incidents. They were there to tackle mainly forest and bush fires, most commonly caused by picnickers, but had also attended garden blazes caused by barbecues.

Picture ISVH 03: Jávea U3A President Peter Allin, centre, presents the cheque to Bomberos Voluntarios President Erich Brenner along with, from left, Marianne Forster and Emma Lawton, Commandante Michael Nickel, Jávea U3A Treasurer Mick Cox, Publicity Officer Ian Rogerson, Bomberos Communications Officer Mike Oxley-Brown and Jávea U3A President’s wife Lorraine Allin.              

Photos by Tom Miller.

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