16th June 2015
Ayuntamiento de Xàbia hosted the first meeting between the
towns of Xàbia, Denia and Jesus Pobre to agree a coordinated local
strategy, to strengthen the safety and security of Montgó. Included in this initial contact were the mayors of the
three administrations, José Chulvi, Vincent Grimalt and Javier Scotto,
and councillors related to public safety and the environment, together
with representatives of the police, firefighters and emergency crews as
well as Protección Civil representatives.
meeting was an opportunity to put on
the table the most urgent needs and problems to be solved. It was
agreed to continue working at a technical level establishing both
preventive actions and effective responses in the event of fires. The
three municipalities will seek a greater awareness and involvement by
the Generalitat Valenciana in this protected area and a greater allocation
of resources and investment in fire prevention with the implementation
of employment programmes focused on forestry clearing.
be made locally with means for preventive monitoring and greater
control over the prohibition of burning and cleaning of uncontrolled
tips. This, besides being strategic and highly visible, will serve as a
deterrent to arson.
The municipalities agreed that the recent fires,
especially the one experienced last October, served to make it clear
that "neither the fires nor Montgó have borders" and exposed the
operational shortcomings for a rapid and effective response.
Specific issues were tabled such as the need to divide up the sectors of
the park, both for organizing fire prevention and reviewing the
condition of hydrants and the water pressure to ensure they are
operational and install water resources at strategic points for
refuelling air assets.
Apart from the
Parque Natural del Montgó being an "urban forest" in
addition to its environmental value, there are many residents and homes
to protect. In this sense, it has highlighted the need to train
residents so that besides contributing to fire prevention and they know
how to act without panic in the event of fire. It has also agreed to
strengthen the awareness activities to avoid negligence and highlight the cause of
many fires (such as barbecues, agricultural burning or the use of things like flying lanterns)
and include information material for
tourists visiting the area.