The Bloco de Esquerda questions the government on the lack of resources of the firefighters of Nazaré – Leiria region

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Bloco de Esquerda warned of the lack of resources for firefighters in Nazaré, who have not received personal protective equipment for five years and have been waiting since 2017 for the replacement of a vehicle lost in the Pedrógão Grande fires .

The complaints forwarded by the Humanitarian Association of Firefighters of Nazaré to the Bloco de Esquerda (BE) are at the basis of a question addressed to the government in which the blockade deputies consider that the promise to endow the association with “the amount necessary for the purchase of new equipment ”was nothing more than“ simple intentions ”.

This is a reservoir that the corporation of the municipality of Nazaré, in the district of Leiria, lost “during an intervention in the forest fire in Pedrógão Grande, in 2017”, and which until today has not been replaced, limiting, according to the question published today by BE, the firefighters’ response capacity.

The party notes yet another complaint from the leaders and professionals of the association according to which “they have not received personal protective equipment (PPE) to fight fires for five years”, a situation on which deputies had already questioned the Minister of the Interior. , Eduardo Cabrita, during the debate on the state budget for 2021 in particular.

In view of the “lack of response”, BE again asked the government when it plans to “replace the promised forest firefighting vehicle”, since the current covid-19 pandemic “has come to demonstrate more strongly the shortcomings financing for society “.

“According to the Nazaré Volunteer Fire Department, covid-19 greatly increased the company’s expenses and reduced its income”, we can read in the document, in which BE explains that “the expenses increased with the acquisitions and disinfection of protective equipment, as well as new transport needs ”.

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Incomes, on the other hand, “have declined with the reduction in claims paid by hospitals, a situation which has worsened further with the increase in payment terms.”

BE underlines the importance of the firefighters, who “as the process of climate change progresses”, face “an increasing challenge” with the appearance “of more and more serious and frequent extreme events”.

In the case of Leiria district, they illustrate, with the big fires of June and October 2017, and with Hurricane Leslie, in October 2018, “the many weaknesses of the local and national civil protection system were noticeable, particularly qualification of agents and maintenance and renewal of equipment ”.

According to BE, “also in terms of personnel, there were many gaps, as the permanent intervention teams only cover eight hours of work per day between Monday and Friday”.

For this reason, the party wishes to know whether the Government is available to strengthen the number of teams in the district of Leiria, as well as whether measures are envisaged to ensure a better qualification of agents, professionals and volunteers at the local level.

With regard to vocational training, it is mentioned that the volunteer firefighters of Nazaré “considered it essential to have a training program at the local level”, knowing that “the National Fire Brigade does not play the role it should because it directs a substantial part of its activity to guarantee paid training in companies instead of relying on the qualification of firefighters ”.

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