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Understanding in principle with Formentera Council to update the Port of La Savina fire brigade agreement

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Palma, 26/03/2020

The Board of Directors of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) has this week approved the update to its agreement with Formentera Island Council on fire prevention, fire-fighting, sea rescue and civil defence in the Port of La Savina.

In response to the changes brought in by Spanish Law 40/2015 on agreements involving government and public agencies, the APB and Formentera Island Council have decided to update their agreement under which the Formentera Fire Brigade operates as an APB incident response team under its command on public port land in the Port of La Savina.

In return the APB will contribute €24,000 per year, a figure which will go up by €1,000 annually over the four years of the agreement. This funding will be used to provide training and buy specific equipment for the Formentera Fire Brigade.

Following the understanding in principle endorsed this week by the APB’s Board of Directors, the proposal for the agreement is to be forwarded to the Ministry of Finance for its approval. It will then have to be signed by the APB and Formentera Island Council and will come into force once it has been registered in the Electronic Register of Cooperation Agencies and Instruments and published in Spain’s Official State Gazette.

Close partnership

In 2018, the APB gave Formentera Island Council a small fire engine worth €191,000 in addition to laying on specific training for the Formentera Fire Brigade in operations in ports and buying specialised equipment.

This new measure is part of the APB’s strategy of signing agreements with the island councils to enhance their fire-fighting resources and make port facilities as safe as possible.     

Imagen de Archivo. Entrega de un camión por parte de la APB a los Bombers de Formentera. 23-10-2018

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