15th Feb 2023 @ 11:49 am

The Lanzarote Cabildo presented the Security and Emergencies Consortium annual report for 2022 this week, which highlighted two growing concerns on Lanzarote.

The presentation included a breakdown and explanation of the data in the report, during which the consortium president, Marcos Bergaz, took the opportunity to thank the local fire service for the “involvement, work and effort they put in every day of the year.”

Bergaz highlighted that 1,097 services were carried out in 2022, 6% more than those compelted in 2021. Of these services, 347 were related to fires, 156 to traffic accidents and 187 rescues, including aid to those who arrive on a patera from the African continent.

“It is important to note that there has been an increase of 92.5% in the number of traffic accidents, compared to the percentage recorded last year. Another aspect in which the figures increased was the burning of urban waste containers, going from 62 interventions to 113”, explained Bergaz.

“There have been 113 services related to burning containers, affecting a total of 234 units. This caused approximately 280,000 euros worth of damage, in acts that we condemn, and which have led to the arrest of several people”, added Bergaz.

To conclude, he thanked “the commitment and professionalism of the fire brigade and consortium staff, which has allowed more than a thousand services to be carried out in 2022 furthering the safety of Lanzarote and La Graciosa.”

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