Firefighters help with traffic accidents and other duties as well.
In the past six years alone, Albacete Park firefighter have conducted 94 such interventions. Only 22 involved extinguishing a fire.
Firefighters perform this type of intervention 15 times a year. However, only 3 or 4 result in a fire.
Despite the fact that it is still five months until the end of this year, eleven road accidents have been addressed in 2019. This number is the same as the one taken last year. Only three of the 11 interventions have resulted to fires.
It is also important to point out that in 2018, fewer road accidents were reported than in any other year. In 2019, there were only 16 (including seven with fire), in 2020, 15 (including one with fire), in 2021, 20 (including three with fire), and in 2022, 21 (including seven with fire).
In 2019 and 2020, the number of interventions was lower than it had been in 2021 or 2022 due to the abandonment over time of movement restrictions caused by the pandemic.
Ismael Pérez, the head of the Fire Service of Albacete City Council said that although people are aware of the need to reduce traffic accidents, these still occur on a regular basis in Spain, and especially within the municipality of Albacete. He said that, while efforts have been made in spreading prevention initiatives as well raising international awareness of such risks, unfortunately death and injury due to accidents can’t be avoided.
Perez admits that there are some places with more accidents than others. The A-31 is the road with the highest traffic and therefore has the greatest number of interventions.
Firefighters do not, in general act alone. They take charge of the incident and organize rescues of people trapped, as well as minimize the damage done to natural resources or the environment.
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