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Rain- and windstorm leaves Formentera with 3 fallen trees

foto 2020 temporal 4A cocktail of rain and wind was behind multiple reports of incidents last night on Formentera. At 8.35pm, the call was received that a stray branch and whole pine tree lay blocking Es Cap de Barbaria highway a kilometre from the Can Ramon roundabout. Local police directed traffic while members of the Consell de Formentera fire brigade cleared the road of both obstructions.

An additional tip came through at 7.11am this morning that a fallen tree crosscut Es Cap de Barbaria highway near the transfer station. Local law enforcement again provided support while crews removed it, and by 8.30am the operation was reported complete.

Fire crews were also called to duty last night at 9.30pm to clear the road of construction barriers lying strewn across the thoroughfare in Sant Ferran. Another caller alerted crews to tanks blown into the street from the nearby site of the future home for the elderly. The municipal roads crew responded to the latter incident, not to mention to other reports of road signs blown from the posts.

Felled tree in Es Pujols
In the early hours of the morning another tree fell beside the waterfront promenade in Es Pujols. A cleaning crew on contract from the local government was dispatched to remove it. The works brigade has already begun the task of removing a shade-giving arbour in Es Pujols’ Plaça d’Europa that was snapped in half by strong wind gusts. A similar arbour was cleared from the outdoor area of the municipal swimming pool.

112 emergency response received numerous reports of power outages.

20 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera fire brigade responds to 213 incidents in 2019

bombers--1-1The interior department of the Consell de Formentera reports that the island’s brigade of firefighters were deployed 213 times in 2019—30 more than the previous year. Of 31 fire-related interventions, 31 were in response to fires—three of which affected forests and nine of which were classified as agricultural. The former represented a total burned area of 0.17 hectares (ha) and the latter 5.12ha, for a total 5.29ha of scorched land. The remaining blazes involved homes (seven), street furniture (six) and vehicles (six). All told, the brigade put out six more fires than last year.

Seventeen cases involved aid and rescue: seven traffic accidents, seven individuals and three animals.

Technical interventions like removing fallen trees from roads, street cleaning, and others involving urban utilities amounted to 52 of the brigade’s actions. Ninety-three of the interventions were preventive; most were related to patrols (78), and 20 involved false alarms.

Interior councillor Josep Marí underscored the efforts of the island’s firefighting team, drawing particular attention to “the rapid response of the brigade and of Ibanat personnel” in two fires last year in La Mola. Marí highlighted the collaboration of the civil defense corps, law enforcement and the Operative Unit of the Balearic emergency division, who worked together to respond to multiple emergencies across the island.

9 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Firefighter training

foto 2019 curs bombers 3The interior department of the Consell de Formentera reports that local firefighters and Civil Protection volunteers recently took part in a course at the island training facility on rope access and urgent care.

Piloted by Emergency Staff SL, the programme was made up of various theory-based and hands-on workshops. Participants performed victim immobilisation exercises with an array of instruments, not to mention emergency medical response protocol for wounds, haemorrhages and burns. Students assembled headboards and performed rappel in urban settings. They also reviewed strategies for rescues performed in wells, mounted zip lines, learned safe practices with extension and hook ladders and practiced evacuating victims using ladders in urban environments.

All told, eight firefighters and four Civil Protection volunteers.

20 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera invites personnel to raise glasses for Christmas

foto-2019-brindis-1Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and the entire governing team invited the administration workforce to join them in celebrating a holiday tradition by raising their glasses for a Christmas toast. Ferrer called it “an extra special moment”, noting the Yuletide reception was her first since taking office as president.

Ferrer took the opportunity to applaud the daily efforts of Consell personnel “who work hard to guarantee premium public services for islanders”. She underscored expansion of the labour force since the Consell de Formentera was created 12 years ago, saying such growth “and the efforts of the women and men who make up our team” were “crucial to maintaining new services that have come along the way”.

“This Consell exists to better the lives of Formentera residents”, she said. “To make an island that is people-focused and sustainable—and that’s something we couldn’t do without the daily toil of personnel”.

Students of culinary, gastronomical and catering job training programmes, not to mention those in basic vocational training at Marc Ferrer High School, offered drinks and appetizers.

19 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Assembly members green-light 2020 spending

foto-ple-desembre-2019j1Councillors convened today for the December plenary of the Consell de Formentera, a session that brought approval for the local government’s spending projections for 2020. Tax office councillor Bartomeu Escandell called the €30.6-million budget “a statement in defence of stable spending; we’re putting out only as much as we’re taking in, and keeping debt at zero”.

The tax office chief said €1.5m for local associations were intended to “improve islanders’ quality of life”. “This is an administration that believes in bringing people to the table, giving associations positions of prominence and looking after not only the island’s elderly and youth, but our language and traditions as well”.

Escandell said one thing not to expect from the new budget was tax increases, and he described fiscal fairness as “one of the top priorities”. “We’re certainly not turning our backs on our young ones and elderly, either”, he insisted, holding up €1.1m for the Sant Ferran nursery and €700K to complete the home for aged. As for the island’s underprivileged, Escandell held up a line item allocating money in the form of renters’ assistance for victims of gender violence.

Country and heritage
Escandell also highlighted plans to continue supporting local agriculture by increasing funding for joint initiatives with the local Farmers’ Co-op from €115K to €130K. As for heritage spending, he emphasised €250K to rehabilitate catalogued sites and drystone walls and bury overhead utility cables.

Upgrades are in the works in Es Pujols, too, where plans are currently in place to prepare and phase in part two of the downtown-area improvements. Additional urban-service upgrades are also scheduled in Es Ca Marí. Other planned projects will entail reorganising and regulating moorage at Estany des Peix, continuing to restrict the in-bound flow of vehicles and improving public transport. More improvements are in store in Sant Ferran, as well, where residents will see a new children’s park opened and the second phase of upgrades begin on Avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch. In Sant Francesc, there will be a new skatepark, and improvements in the eastern part of town.

Spending plans for 2020 passed amid “yes” votes from the GxF-PSOE governing team and the abstention of Sa Unió. Party spokesman Llorenç Córdoba claimed exclusion from the drafting process motivated the group’s decision, while asserting the move should be interpreted “a vote of confidence for the new governing coalition”.

Improvements in La Mola
The governing team lent support to Sa Unió representatives’ proposed improvements on Carrer Àngela Ferrer in La Mola, where the undergrounding of utility cables is still pending on that road and on the town’s central arterial. Assembly members underscored the efforts already made by the local government—installing conduit, for instance—to make further upgrades possible. The motion involved encouraging the Consell de Formentera to “continue calling on local service providers like Telefónica and GESA that currently use overhead lines on Carrer Àngela Ferrer and Avinguda de La Mola to take charge of their burial”.

New technologies councillor Vanessa Parellada explained the administration’s support for the measure by pointing out that, after a more nuanced description of work performed to date and modifications in collaborative agreements had been successfully secured, “the proposal reflects work by the Consell de Formentera and supports further progress in the same direction—i.e. to preserve the local landscape by keeping new aerial cables from going up, and burying those that are already in place”.

19 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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