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Formentera stacks fire brigade for success

foto 2018 bombersThe president's office of the Formentera Council announces the basic firefighting training course has come to a close. Designed to give individuals collaborating with the fire brigade a taste of the realities of work in the field, the training sessions took place here on the island December 10 to 22.

Thirteen aspiring firefighters successfully completed the course and competitive process of selection to enter the administration's pool of qualified collaborators. Of that number two have already been hired on by the brigade, which presently comprises seven staff employees, five full-time firefighting personnel and two on-call workers.

Efforts in 2018
The crew were called to duty a total of 183 times in 2018. Twenty-five of those actions were fire-related; 14 involved search and rescue and another 26, false alarms; 50 and 68 were the tallies of operations giving technical assistence and preventive help.

Bartomeu Escandell, secretary of the president's office, said the number of blazes in 2018 had dropped by half compared to the same figure in 2017 and contended the dip had allowed the brigade to boost preventive action such as with buffer zones in wooded areas like la Mola. In high fire-risk parts of the island, so-called “mobile forest patrol routes” are another feature of service receiving the brigade's increased attention.

The past year came with four blazes in areas of vegetation that affected 70 square metres — compared to approximately 30 hectares incinerated in 2017 as a result of the three wildfires in Cala Saona.

New equipment
Another important piece of news this last year was the Balearic port authority's hand-off of a six-person, water pump-equipped light lorry with capacity for 1,800L, is designed both for fighting fires and lifesaving and rescue operations. At the moment the brigade's mobile corps is composed of two rapid response vehicles (both pickups), a heavy lorry for rural operations and a light lorry for urban ones.

Three Kings to visit Formentera towns Saturday

foto 2018 reis 1The Formentera Council office of local celebrations has announced that their Majesties the Three Kings of the East will arrive by boat, as every year, in the port of la Savina at 5.30pm, Saturday January 5. Joined by pages and the rest of the royal entourage and riding in decorated floats, the Magi will then lead a tour across the towns of the island.

After the stop in la Savina, the cavalcade will continue its circuit up the highway in time for an estimated 6.30pm arrival in Sant Francesc. The party will make its way into town via carrer Jaume I, towards plaça de la Constitució. Once there, their Majesties will stop in at the Sant Francesc Xavier church. Afterwards, they will make an appearance on the balcony of the Formentera Council, greeting the town from their perch and taking part in the administration's official reception of the travelling entourage.

At approximately 7.30pm, the Kings will once again take up the reins and head down the highway towards Sant Ferran. Once in town, the committee will climb carrer Sant Jaume to the town square and enter the church to revere the baby Jesus. All those hoping to meet the Magi can do so in the festival tent which occupies the church plaza, where boys and girls from Sant Ferran will also be able to pick up gifts.

Nearing 9.00pm, again by way of the main highway, the cavalcade will continue in the direction of la Mola. There, they will descend the central arterial towards el Pilar church, where gifts will be distributed to the eagerly awaiting children of that town.

Kids in Sant Francesc must wait until Sunday, January 6, to receive their gifts from the Wise Men. That ceremony will take place at the town's religious school –“Ca ses Monjes”– on the heels of the Epiphany mass scheduled for 11.00am at the Sant Francesc Xavier church.

Accompanying entertainment
The members of the royal party won't be the only ones touring Formentera. This year, while young and old await the Three Kings and company, Campiquipugui will give their production of Rats! thirty minutes before the cavalcade's appearances in la Savina, Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran.

Rats! is a piece of street theatre based on the traditional Pied Piper of Hamelin. In this giant-sized and rakish version of the story, the rats follow on the heels of the musician, who is their flute-tooting guide to a whole new high-altitude world. The rats, of course, author so small amount of mischief as they go. The fun-filled, dynamic and visually-stunning show is suited for all ages.

Department head Susana Labrador announced: “Once again, the Three Kings prepare to embark on an epic journey to bring joy and magic to our streets and gifts to our people”, and offered the Council's appreciation for everyone who has made the cavalcade's 2019 stopover possible: local church parishes, volunteering children, Associació Reis Mags (the Formentera Three Kings' association), the island's youth centre, Quintanilla and Fusteria carpenters, Trasmapi, Baleària, Pitiüsa Sud, Frutos Secos Ibiza, Carbónicas Tur and the staff of our local council.

Local firefighters tackle beginnings of chimney fire

foto 122018 incendi 2Formentera firefighters were called into action Thursday to put out a small fire in a single-family dwelling in Porto Saler.

112 notified the brigade of the flames, confined to the home's chimney, shortly before 3.00pm. A three-man crew riding in the fire engine was joined by two local police and a number of civil protection officers.

The first responders came on the smoke-filled scene and proceeded, though not before verifying no injuries were suffered nor serious damage incurred, to air out the residence.

When the chimney cooled, a decomposing bird carcass was removed that had hindered proper ventilation, led to stray sparks in the duct and obstructed the flue.

The operation was completed within twenty-five minutes after the call was received.

Elderly man found safe and sound in es Ram area

foto dispositiu es ram 2The president's office of the Formentera Council reports that at roughly 7.00pm on Sunday the island's emergency apparatus was activated when a 112 caller alerted the authorities that a 90-year-old man had gone missing in the area of sa Talaiassa. The man had gone out walking at 5.00pm and had yet to return home, leaving his family quite worried.

A search-and-rescue plan was immediately put in motion that involved a dozen Civil Protection volunteers, a pair of two-person Guardia Civil units, two members of the Council fire brigade, and a group of a dozen relatives, friends and acquaintances that took to the man's usual walking routes in an effort to locate him.

Shortly before 8.00pm a group of Civil Protection volunteers and a canine helper picked up the man's scent and located him near camí des Ram. Formentera firefighters took charge of transporting the man, conscious and in good health but for a case of the chills, to hospital.

This is the second search operation in the last week on Formentera. Last week another person went missing in es Cap. The two operations have proven the Civil Protection forces to be a large, fast-acting corps of volunteers capable of collaborating with the island's other emergency response teams in giving islanders and visitors a quality, not to mention altruistic and professional, service.

Pop/rock billing to celebrate new year on Formentera

foto bruixa express 2The Formentera Council culture office is putting together a New Year's Eve concert with Bruixa Express. From one in the morning in the Sant Ferran festival tent, the Catalan covers band will celebrate incoming 2019 with a live performance of pop/rock hits.

Eight musicians will take to the stage to assure the new year starts off right, explained culture councillor Susana Labrador, encouraging the whole island to come enjoy a group with over a decade of performing under their belts.

Their story
The Lleida-based musicians of covers band Bruixa Express have built themselves a breadth of showbiz experience since getting going in 2006. The setlist —Catalan, Spanish and international pop/rock classics alongside today's radio hit— will have something for a range of music fans. In combining high-brow stage design aesthetics with AV-enhanced tunes, the band all but promises islanders an unforgettable night.

Every season Bruixa Express tweak the act in an effort to nail the correct dose of crowd favourites and new, fresh material. The setlist include some of the most memorable hits of artists like Sopa de Cabra, Bon Jovi, The Beatles, Sau and Platero y Tú.

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