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La Gomera wants fire-fighting helicopter 


La Gomera is pressing for an emergency fire-fighting helicopter to be based on the island.

The Cabildo points out that within the last 29 years, there have been 966 fires of which just one was caused by a natural phenomenon. Of the others, 23 were classified as significant, three burnt more than 500 hectares and six involved the services of Civil Protection.

Between 1995 and 2000, the presence of a helicopter significantly reduced the number of fires which the Cabildo believes is sufficient evidence to warrant its return as a matter of urgency.

In addition, La Gomera is home to the Garajonay National Park with historic laurels which have also been victims of fire.

La Gomera is the only forest island within the archipelago not to have its own fire-fighting helicopter.

The Cabildo is appealing to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment and the Canary Government direct to approve the continuous presence of an aircraft on the island.