In a simulation exercise held today (June 22nd) in La Caleta, to deal with a supposed non-toxic propane gas leak, the co-ordination of the different services was praised by the Adeje mayor who stressed that the actual possibility of a risk of this nature was extremely small, but that it was always better to be properly prepared.
“We are very pleased at the level of co-ordination we have seen today. The presence of gas is new to the region, and an event of this kind, though extremely remote, needs to be anticipated with 14 kilometres of propane gas pipes (non-toxic) present. We need to know how we would react in a risk situation, testing and verifying the measures in place, and improving them where we need to”.
Shortly after 10.30 the sirens of the fire brigades were heard from a distance rushing to deal with the 112 emergency call, which marked the start of the exercise. Local police were on hand to divert traffic away from the reported gas leak, the national police were co-coordinating their response, the civil protection unit advised members of the public, residents and tourists, and the ambulance service was on hand to attend to the only ‘victim’ of the gas leak. Also present were members of CECOPAL, the Adeje emergency co-ordination group who oversee borough risk situations.
A well-coordinated affair, visitors looked on interestedly, with many praising the work of the services and the initiative itself. The Adeje council had posted notices all over La Caleta, in Spanish and English in advance of the exercise to avoid unnecessary panic. The advance preparation also included the co-operation of the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel which was directly in front of the supposed gas leak and who played a full part in ensuring their staff and guests were kept up to date on developments with fire fighters in and near the hotel grounds during the simulation. All the other hotels in La Caleta were also fully supportive of the initiative.
The ‘emergency’ was caused by a digger inadvertently rupturing a distribution pipe for the DISA gas suppliers. Their spokesperson Francisco Plato, who was present at the event, said “we are talking about a situation that his highly unlikely but it has been a very useful exercise in testing the lines of communication and co-ordination between the different teams that would be called into service during an emergency situation of this kind”:
The activity will involve police, ambulance crews and fire brigades
Adeje Town Hall has organised a simulation of a gas leak which will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, from 10.30am.
The exercise is to test the preparedness of the emergency services in the event of a real risk situation. Taking part will be gas company DISA, the emergency co-ordination body CECOES, fire brigades, local and national police, the Guardia Civil, the Civil Protection Unit, ambulances, etc.
The Adeje authorities have informed local tour operators, residents and tourists, and public and private bodies of the nature of the event to avoid any unnecessary panic. The information has been made available in Spanish and English to inform as many people as possible in advance. During the simulation public and emergency transport will operate as normal though there will be some traffic diversions in place for the public.
The Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, stressed the importance of exercises such as this one “to better co-ordinate resources and reduce reaction times in the event of a genuine emergency. It’s also important that our people know we are working to be prepared to meet risk situations in the best possible conditions”, he said.
The Adeje Council, given the need to be prepared for any possible risk situation, has organised a SIMULATION OF A GAS LEAK, for next Wednesday June 22nd 2016, which will see all security protocols activated: Fir e brigade, Policía Local, National Police, etc, with corresponding vehicles (fire engines, ambulances, police vehicles, etc), and the parallel activities as part of the simulation, such as road closures.
During the SIMULATION the authorities hope to interrupt, as little as possible, the daily routine of residents and tourists, allowing public transport to continue unhindered, and facilitating airport links, taxi pickups, etc.
The SIMULATION will begin at 10.30 on WEDNESDAY JUNE 22ND 2016, and last approximately two hours. It will take place in and around the La Caleta roundabout near the H10 Hotel and the municipal desalination plant.
We apologise in advance for any disruption the SIMULATION might cause and are publishing this information in advance to help maintain calm and to inform people that our objective is to be prepared for possibly serious risk situations, with the involvement of the relevant bodies, so that we are as well prepared as possible in the event of an emergency.
Thank you for your co-operation
José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga