Fire chief sounds warning as road accident interventions increase
Tenerife’s fire chief has sounded a warning about road safety and responsible driving following a 25 per cent increase in traffic accidents.
In the first four months of this year, the brigade has been called out to help with 64 incidents, a quarter more than last year.
In 43.74 per cent of these cases, it was necessary to cut out drivers or passengers from the wreckage of their vehicles.
The remaining percentage corresponds to security work carried out by firefighters at the crash site, such as cleaning the road, the discon-nection of vehicle batteries, control of spill or combustible liquids, or various collaborations with Guard Civil, Local Police or the road maintenance crew.
This figure represents an increase over 2015 where a total 135 interventions were recorded in road accidents, says the president of the Tenerife Fire Consortium, Florentino Guzman Plasencia.
Many of these emergencies occur in the metropolitan area, including the municipalities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Laguna, Tegueste and El Rosario, and the southern part of the island.
In view of these increases, the fire chief stressed how important it was to continue to educate members of the public about the rules of the road and responsible driving.
However, he also highlighted the need for people to look after their cars and to carry out proper maintenance as a way of helping to reduce accidents.