Specialised safety training

 

Classes were designed to apply new considertions under ‘decreto 116/2018’ dealing with emergencies on Canarian beaches and bathing zones
PFAE is a scheme in alternative training with employment, and has been working with the ‘Adeje Azul, Adeje Seguro’ programme and the Arona lifesaving programme. Participants received specialist training to deal with emergencies under the guidance of Néstor Padrón, subdirector of the regional government civil protection and emergency department.

The students were given instruction in protecting the public and coordinating services in emergency situations on beaches and other public bathing spots in the Canarias.

Padrón emphasised to the course the importance of the lifeguard, a person who must be properly and professionally trained and qualified to work in the open sea. The students working under the ‘Adeje Azul, Adeje Seguro’ programme are being given all the tools and training necessary to achieve the proper qualification and certification when they have completed the programme.

Under new regulations dealing with beaches and bathing areas the different risk criteria need to be taken into consideration, such as grades of danger, whether bathing is permitted, etc. The teams also take into consideration factors such as prevention of risk situations by the civil and emergencies bodies.

These measures, (Decreto 116/2018) have been adopted in line with the coastal legislation and in particular those relating the safety of persons and maintaining safe bathing spaces as public zones

 

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Walk to school in safety

 

Today, September 12th, the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the education councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, presented the Walk to School pilot project to the press and public. The idea would be that the safety of the students walking to school is the concern of the community, and that the children can also learn to walk to school themselves, increasing their self-esteem as well as supporting healthier habits.
The project has four main principles, “safety, sustainability, quality of life and the relative independence of the children”, according to the mayor who added that this was a pilot scheme “that calls for the implication of everyone in the wider education community – “teachers, parents, students and school administrations, as well as the people who live and work in Adeje, who need to work with us to ensure the advancement of the scheme”.


The mayor explained that “the project is continuously developing and adapting to the demands and needs that are being brought to our attention by the schools. What we are doing is working to invite the participation of the larger community which will itself help promote values of respect, social harmony and civic duty to name just a few”.
The plan will see the evolution of a network of safe routes to encourage more children to walk or cycle or use public transport to arrive at their schools. This would also see a reduction in the number cars driving to local infant and primary schools, reducing pollution and traffic jams at school gates, and therefore also increasing student safety. The plan encourages more children to engage in extra physical activities, and contribute to their overall health.

Rodríguez Fraga also stressed that another advantage would be that children would be able “to reclaim what is theirs – the streets, the avenues, the pavements and the parks, and allow them walk on their own or in the company of their friends, thus helping them develop their own self-esteem, social skills and learn through interaction and co-operation”.
The plan would introduce meeting points where children would be met by monitors who would be responsible for ensuring students arrive to school, so parents will no longer have to worry about trying to park outside school gates. In parallel there will be sessions for students about road safety and concerns by experts in the relevant fields, with prevention being the underlying theme.

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San Juan – bonfires and safety

Playa Fañabé is getting ready for the shortest night of the year!

Adeje Council is reminding people that they need permission from Costas or the Council to celebrate with bonfires
Playa Fañabé is getting ready to celebrate the shortest night of the year – June 23rd – when San Juan is celebrated, welcoming in the summer time with bonfires and traditions.

The Adeje department, under the direction of councillor, Ermitas Moreira García, and in partnership with Urb. Playa Fañabé S.A., the company who run this beach, is preparing the traditional bonfire and will burn a 5 metre sculpture created by Italian artist Luigi Stinga. The celebrations begin at 7.30pm and will include performances and live music and the bonfire will be lit after 10pm.

As well as this bonfire, and with the correct authorisation (which is from the Coastal department for beach bonfires), members of the public can also build their own bonfires. If the fires are not on beaches, permission must be sought from the Adeje council. The form you need to fill in can be downloaded online from the council page, www.adeje.es and presented at the citizens’ advice office. There is no cost for this service, and you must include where the fire is to be built, and include a copy of your personal documentation.

The procedure is to guarantee the public’s safety and the council urges people to respect this rule and take all the appropriate security measures to ensure that the evening is one that is enjoyed by all.

The greatest story ever told…

 

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje. 25 Marzo 2016. ©Phil Crean.

The Adeje Council, under the direction of the cultural department and councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, presents ‘La Pasíon’, the last days and death of Jesus Christ, from 12 midday on Good Friday, April 14th.

“This event is eagerly awaited throughout the year and is one of the cultural events that is most linked with the borough”, remarked Adolfo Alonso Ferrera. “It is an event that is only made possible through the commitment of the residents of the borough”, he added, referring to the 300+ people who take part in the two-hour long street theatre event, which recreates Jerusalem in the time of Jesus Christ.

Representacion de la Pasion. Adeje. 25 Marzo 2016. ©Phil Crean.

“Over the last few weeks we have been holding rehearsals, setting up the various stages, making costumes, etc. None of this would be possible without the commitment of the council team of workers who ensure, down to the tiniest details, that everything is in readiness for this important theatrical presentation”, the councillor said. He added that an event of this magnitude could only happen with the full support and backing of all departments of the council working together.

This is the 5th year that the final scene, the crucifixion, takes place in the Plaza de España. The change in the location of this most emotive scene has added to the dramatic weight of the final moments of the presentation, with the incredible natural backdrop of the Barranco del Infierno flanked by the Convento and the Parish church,, and much more space for the public in attendance. It has also meant a general increase in safety.

 

“’La Pasión’ is a hugely important event from a cultural and tourist point of view and the people of Adeje feel very much that it is ‘their’ contribution. This year, yet again, we have more than 300 people taking part in what is a unique event”, the councillor commented. There will also be performances from professional actors Balthazar Isla, Nacho Almenar, Juancho Aguiar, and Ballet Beanky, the Adeje School of Music and Dance and the Librea de Valle Guerra.

This year the opening will feature a video in the form of a ‘flashforward’ of a meeting of the main disciples in the catacombs, with John telling the story and linking to the live opening scene as Jesus enters Jerusalem.

There are other changes which include new costumes and stage upgrades and some changes to the music for Ballet Beanky composed by the professor of the Adeje School of Music and Dance, Juan Carlos Coronado.

The entirety of the Calle Grande, from the Plaza del Cruz del Llano to the Plaza de España will be transformed for the morning with a market place, various stages, and even animals including goats, donkeys, falcons, horses, snakes, etc. The whole event will be broadcast live on Television Canaria, can be viewed online on TvCanariaNet, nationally on 13TV and live on local radio, Radio Sur, 107.9fm. If you are there and want to post photographs online the trending hashtags will be #pasionadeje2017, #AdejeSemanaSanta2017 and #apasionados.

Recommendations
The Adeje council asks that those who are planning to attend the event observe the following recommendations:
• Wear appropriate clothing and shoes – comfort is important
• Apply high factor sun creams and make sure you have sufficient water
• Make sure you have personal identification on you including information regarding your blood group and any allergies to medicines.
• Arrive in plenty of time to avoid delays
• Don’t push while in the crowd
• Respect the security signals and barriers in place as well as following any instructions of the security and council personnel
• Don’t climb up on walls, railings, flower pots, stages, etc.
In the event of an accident find the nearest health assistant and ask them to help you find a family member or companion. In the case of an emergency remain calm and respect those who are nearby. Leave the danger zone and and follow the directions of the security personnel. Don’t run or scream.

When the event is over wait a few minutes for the crowds to diminish before leaving the centre of town.

 

Stop, look, listen, cross

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Adeje has just unveiled its new pedestrian crossings bearing a series of messages, in Spanish and English, designed to help pedestrians take more care crossing the road. The initiative is part of the ‘Ponle Frenlo’ (put on the brakes) campaign to reduce the number of traffic accidents in Spain.

Different messages have been painted on to the first line of pedestrian crossings all over the borough asking pedestrians to check before they cross, to stop looking at their mobile if they are crossing the road, to reduce the volume if they are listening to music, as well as other safety messages.

The aim of the campaign is to reduce the number of mortalities and injuries caused by traffic accidents. According to official statistics in Spain 11,000 people are knocked down every year, nearly all of them in urban areas.

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Adeje is the first borough to introduce this form of prevention. According to the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, “Adeje and our tourist destination Costa Adeje welcomes over two million visitors annually – so it’s the perfect place to launch these safety messages”. The messages are in Spanish and in English.

Josep Alfonso, director general of the Ponle Freno centre said “while we’re not all drivers we’re all pedestrians, and susceptible to being knocked down if we don’t pay attention when we’re crossing the road.

“Stop and look before you cross, cross at the proper designated places, make your intentions clear to drivers and avoid using mobiles or headphones when you are crossing – just a few words of advice that can save a pedestrian’s life”, he said.

Saving lives in Costa Adeje

 

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During November lifeguards from Adeje’s beaches have been improving their skills during a training course given by expert in water sports and life saving, José Palacios Aguilas, from the University of Coroña. The course has been co-hosted by the Adeje departments of beachs, tourism and security.

According to the councillors for beaches, Andrés Pérez Ramos, “with this course we are property coordinating the lifeguard services of the borough and the companies who have concessions on various beaches with blue flags in line with assuring coastal safety. It’s important to carry out these courses – European regulations change over time and we need to be fully up to date and prepared for every situation – it’s a fundamental requirement”.

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Among the course objectives were the criteria essential for Blue Flag quality on beaches, basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and water rescue as well as underlining the importance of a professional attitude.

José Palacios Aguilar is also vice president of the association responsible for Blue Flags in Spain, the ADEAC-FEE, a member of the national jury and Blue Flag beach and marina inspector. He said he was impressed at the high course take up among those involved in beach safety in Adeje and the desire to meet all the new European norms. The course participants also said they found this kind of renewal training “positive”, and helped them refresh their knowledge of the basics of rescue and prevention. They worked with new material which helped them improve the service they offer to the public who spend time on the beach.

Pérez Ramos emphasised it was important to continue along these lines to perfect the service, “as we understand that investment in training is the way to ensure greater security for those who live and visit our borough. We are aware that working in the field of prevention is vital but we also need to make sure our trained personnel are prepared to take the required action in an emergency”.

Those beaches with Blue Flags in Adeje are fitted with defibrillators, amphibious wheelchairs, assistance points and life-guard cover.