During a series of events yesterday afternoon (June 24th), the Adeje Council led by mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, recognised the sterling work that has been done by the Adeje Volunteer Firefighters since their formation 30 years ago. Following an institutional act there was a parade down the Calle Grande to the newly named “Plazoleta de los Bomberos” (small plaza of the Firefighters) where the statue, sculpted by Canarian artist, Pedro Gómez, was erected.
The Adeje mayor said, “we are celebrating the existence of a particularly special group of people who have been invaluable to the South of Tenerife in its most recent phase, who were born out of a social need in an emerging destination who needed to be able to rely on nearby help in the case of emergencies, and to meet the demands of a complex society who need to know they are secure”.
He continued, “the firefighters are a group of citizens who came together as a volunteer force and, over the years, have won the respect of the local population for their dedication and commitment, their strength, their willingness to take risks for others, and who have shown us the need for unity between towns”.
The president of the Association of Volunteer Firefighters, Michael Mendoza, expressed his “gratitude to the Council and the people of Adeje for this gift…this plaza reflects who we are, and what we want to bring to the society we live in. We are a group of volunteers who wish to assist our neighbours in matters of health, strength and unity, and we count upon your help to be able to do that”.
During the past week there have been a number of different events taking place in the borough with the Firefighters celebrating their 30th anniversary including a medal ceremony with their fellow brigade members in Unterhaching (Germany) with whom they have a special historic relationship. There were medals of honour awarded to José Rodríguez Sempere and Ricardo Müller Picháida (RIP) and to Carlos Paulsen Rivas and the mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.
The Adeje’s Volunteer Firefighters were formed in 1986 and since then their mission has been to help and assist at emergency situations in the South Tenerife. They have played an important part in the growth of the borough of Adeje and have been key players in important moments, including the battle to contain the forest fire of 2012.
The brigade, men and women, is based in their station near the main Adeje roundabout and is part of the island network covering the island of Tenerife, which now incorporates nine volunteer forces and five professional bodies all working under one central command.
The Adeje’s Volunteer Firefighters have been active in over seven thousand interventions since their foundation, and have been decorated on a number of occasions both regionally and nationally.