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Fire control centre first of its kind 

Tenerife’s fire consortium has achieved a first by taking possession of a new mobile control centre equipped with all the latest technology.

The Advanced Command Post (PMA) is the first of its kind and will play a vital role in dealing with major emer-gencies, particularly forest fires.

The new vehicle represents an investment of 146,000 euros, with 85 per cent of the cost met through European funds. The design and choice of equipment was chosen by a panel of experts.

The van-type vehicle has multi-media telecommu-nications and information and a trailer which contains a folded tent of around 36 metres in length. This can be put up and used as a control centre to deal with large-scale forest fires and rescue and search operations.

It has wifi and a power generator, advanced radio equipment, an audiovisual system with terrestrial television signal and satellite and weather mapping facilities which allows decisions to be taken very quickly. The control centre also has its own high-power lighting and a swivel mast and it takes just two minutes to deploy.

Training sessions are to be carried out in the five fire stations of Tenerife in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Laguna, La Orotava, Icod and San Miguel de Abona so that members of staff can become familiar with the new equipment.

The formal presentation was attended by a number of guests, including Cabildo president Carlos Alonso who pledged co-ordination with the various administrations and assured they would continue to provide more resources. He praised staff for providing the same level of service with less resources.