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The Emergency Lorca base is unique in the region that focuses helicopters and several emergency services in a single space (01/10/2010)

The concentration of the emergency services can reduce

response time to different parts of the area

The Minister of Justice and Public Safety, Manuel Campos, accompanied by the mayor of Lorca, Francisco Jodar, today visited the new base of Emergency Zarcilla hamlet of Palm, only in the Region of Murcia have helicopters and various security services and emergencies in a single space, which, according to Campos, "will shorten response times to different parts of the country and give a perfectly coordinated service."

Campos noted that the Community wants to be at the forefront of security and emergency "and said that in this new stage," joining forces and resources for better delivery of public service. "

The concentration of the emergency services in a single space ensures a coordinated and complete interoperability, which increases the safety of area citizens and lowering operating costs and sustainability of this facility.

The base, which specializes in preventing and extinguishing forest fires, is located one kilometer from the center of population of that hamlet north of town, on a plot of 10,500 square meters and also serves the villages of El Rincon, The Paca, Doña Inés, Coy, Avilés, Zarzadilla of Totana, La Tova and The Culebrina, its complicated relief that require a fixed place of safety.

At present, a helicopter Infomur Plan remains in the base to the next on 4 October for the period of high danger of forest fires, which runs from early June to late September.

The total budget for the construction and equipping of the Emergency base, was 846,000 euros, of which the regional government contributed 746,000 euros and the rest of the city of Lorca, who also gave the land.

Core Features of Palm Zarcilla

The location of the center on a plateau is suitable for air operations, as well as proximity to the forests of the area and the main roads north of the town, which is very important for rapid and early fire suppression.

The facilities include three buildings with rooms for the crew of the helicopter, helicopter transport the catch, the staff of extinction, a municipal Emergency unit and a local police, a multipurpose room and other departments for coordination, control and emergency management.

In addition, the base has a runway capable of operating two helicopters simultaneously and a protective hangar and aircraft maintenance.

Under normal conditions, the Emergency base Zarcilla Palm launched on June 1, home to a dozen people among the crew of the helicopter, helicopter transport forest catch the municipal Emergency Unit and Local Police unit as well as a technical director and conductor of extinction.

However, if necessary, the facility has the capacity to integrate a company of the Military Emergency Unit, comprising more than 100 troops, and to install a field hospital where evacuation establish a circuit in both media land and helicopter transport.

Source: CARM

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