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Formentera forces of order up their game on public safety

curs-tedax-formentera1The TEDAX unit of the Civil Guard facilitated a training course for the emergency response workers of the island this morning. The session took place at Formentera Local Police station and saw the attendance of officers and members of island law enforcement, Civil Protection, local Civil Guard, Formentera firefighters as well as lifeguard and rescue services and other individuals.

The TEDAX special officers gave participants an overview of response strategies in situations where public safety might be at risk or rescue missions involving micro-explosions to reach hard to access sites. The TEDAX unit of the Civil Guard are specialists in defusing explosive devices.

Participants of the training session also reviewed common interventions on Eivissa and Formentera in recent years, discussing past Civil Guard finds like explosives or navigational flares dragged by currents and washed up on the shoreline.

The day was also attended by CiF president's office chief Bartomeu Escandell, who praised such efforts as key to local emergency response training, and saluted the collaboration of law enforcement forces in “making Formentera a safer place”.

May 13, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Formentera hosts training course for guides of search and rescue dogs

foto-grup-curs-cans1Formentera's civil protection office is hosting a course dedicated to the human guides of search and rescue dogs. With the help of five volunteer dogs, 11 individuals from Protecció Civil, Policia Local de Formentera, the firefighting brigade and the municipal animal pound are specialising in canine-assisted rescue.

Two professionals from Spain's canine rescue unit are on the island to give both theory-based and hands-on instruction. The training is designed to prepare participants to work with dogs to locate imperilled individuals as part of emergency search and rescue operations.

The €2,900 initiative is funded by the CiF president's office.

May 9, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Spokespersons' committee takes stock of parliamentary session

reunio---junta-de-portaveus pr2This morning came with a meeting of the Junta de Portaveus—the parliamentary spokespersons' committee—of the Formentera Council. Made up of representatives from each political party on the Council as well as the administration's president and his department chief, Jaume Ferrer and Bartomeu Escandell, the group sat down today for its last meeting this term.

According to the CiF chief, the Junta has convened 24 times during the current parliamentary term, compared to only six times in the term that ran from 2011 to 2015. He said that 14 priority proposals obtained cross-party support in 2015, but that getting them off the ground would require the involvement of other agencies. “The last four years have been a prime example of what can be achieved when we base our efforts on consensus”, said Ferrer, adding that most of the administration's proposals have come to fruition.

Councillor Escandell gave an update on those 14 proposals. He highlighted the effort to oversee a reordering of estany des Peix, celebrating recent changes that he said “put the Council in a position to discuss the pond's management—and the recovery of the natural gem it represents—with the islanders who actually use it”.

Other projects that have picked up steam have involved regulating which vehicles can be brought onto the island, improving the regulation scheme in place on the local coastline, activating the irrigation pond, starting work on the assisted living centre, reordering la Savina port, preparing for construction of Sant Ferran's new schools, promoting year-round housing, taking possession of authority over tourism promotions and securing funding that reflects Formentera's “double insularity”.

The councillor insisted that there is work still ahead, and pointed to efforts like regulating maritime transport, building the Formentera museum, modernizing es Ca Marí power plant and reclaiming the island's salterns, or salines. The entire committee described the Junta as an effective tool in building consensus on projects that affect Formentera.

May 7, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Council plans job openings announcement next week to reinforce range of summer services

plantilla-escoles-estiu-20181The human resources department of the Formentera Council announces the impending publication of a series of positions for services in the summer high season.

Four positions will be listed for blue zone parking attendants, two for environmental “informers,” thirteen for youth workers at the summer school, three for the inspection brigade (two of which, with option to work at sea, require professional skipper's accreditation).

The job listings will be posted next week to the public-administration employment section, ofertes públiques, of the regional jobseekers' service (SOIB) website.

May 2, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Formentera reactivates lifeguard service

foto-part-de-la-plantilla-soco1The president's office of the Formentera Council reports that yesterday marked the start of lifeguard and rescue service on Formentera beaches. The service extends from May 1 to October 31 and is funded by the administration.

Ten lifeguards took to their stations yesterday and another five will join the ranks at the start of June. June 15 marks the start of the season for rest of the crew (23 lifeguards in all), who will remain on duty until September 15. The crew will drop to 15 from September 15-30 and shrink to 10 for the month of October.

This year safety upgrades were performed on watchtowers at es Arenals, ses Illetes and Llevant, and a new tower was put in at es Pujols. The crew purchased two boats—one for ses Illetes and the other for Cala Saona—as well as rescue material.

Lifeguard and rescue staff completed refresher courses for some of the most frequent parts of the job, like reanimation and emergency preparedness.

Adapted and 'heart safe' beaches
Es Arenals and es Pujols beaches are both equipped to allow swimming for individuals with reduced mobility. The Council recommends calling ahead of time to request the service, which is available from 12 noon to 5.00pm (green flag hours) and can be reached by calling 609.768.506. Defibrilators are available everywhere lifeguard services are offered in case of cardiac arrest.

For information about sea conditions, visit www.platgesdebalears.com

May 2, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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