29th January 2019
The ISVH Bomberos Voluntarios,
based in Balcón al Mar, have released details
of their activities for 2018 during which they continued
to demonstrate their commitment to the safety of the
residents and visitors to Xàbia. The group, which
forms part of the ISVH residents association in the
zone, has provided the town's only dedicated fire-fighting
service since 1981 and have been involved in some
of the biggest fires of recent years including
the devastating infernos that burnt large areas of La
Plana in 2014 and La Granadella in 2016.
it wasn't the busiest of the years for the group, their
17 volunteer fire-fighters and three support staff,
formed from a mixed group of foreign nationals, provided some
2,700 hours of support during 2018 including fire-fighting
duties and call-outs to deal with flooding and storm
damage. They were also on hand to provide fire protection
services during the popular Fogueres de Sant Joan
fiesta and Festival Internacional events in June and
a support service during the Mirador Challenge.
the summer the group provided patrols through the forested
areas of Xàbia in order to act as a first-response
to the outbreak of fire in these areas which are most
at risk during the hot and dry season. Over recent years
these patrols have dealt with fires in their early stages
and extinguished them before they can grow into major
addition to providing support, the group carried out
some 800 hours of training ranging from fire-fighting
skills to other emergency situations such as dealing
with fallen trees and flooding. Specialist training
was also conducted for Advance First, mountaineering
and rescue evacuations. Thus the ISVH Bomberos Voluntarios
offers a huge commitment to keeping Xàbia safe
all year round.
a volunteer group, they also carry out many fund-raising
events to provide the finance to carry out these activities.
The group needs some 25,000 euros a year to run effectively
so the volunteers themselves use their spare time to
raise funds as well as supporting other causes and charities.
Donations are always welcome whilst the public can also
support the many fund-raising events that take place
at their headquarters in Balcón-al-Mar.