Monday 17th October 2022 – Mike Smith
Source: Voluntarios de Balcón al Mar, Javea
The ISVH Balcón al Mar Voluntarios carried out more than 1,000 hours of vigilance in the control and prevention of fires in Xàbia. They worked tirelessly between June and September, carrying out daily patrols around the southern area of the municipality – Granadella, Portitxol, BAM, La Cala and La Guardia, etc – and checking fire hydrants for correct operation, reporting those that they found to be faulty.
The volunteers also assessed potential fire risk dangers to report on possible dangers and, whilst on patrol, they often advised residents on the risk of the BBQ and the dangers of using charcoal and wood, suggesting alternative sources of fuel, such as gas. They were also called to potentially dangerous barbecues, advised by the police or concerned residents, especially to those people ignoring the fire restrictions of red extreme risk days.
The patrols were also involved in the search for a missing child, who was ultimately found sage by local residents out on a walk.
Xàbia didn’t suffer any large fire during this summer but the volunteers were involved in tackling some of the smaller blazes. The Protección Civil were also out conducting similar patrols along with the fire service from Dénia who manned the new seasonal fire station near Camping Jávea.
These patrols and control by all united helped to prevent many of the small fires turning into major disasters by the quick responses which saw them deal with the blazes in their initial stage.
The ISVH Balcón al Mar Voluntarios is made up of international residents of Xàbia who volunteer their time and effort to ensure that safety of the municipality.