The new course for the eleven operational Helicopter Fire Fighting Team began yesterday and will last for 123 hours, during which both technical and non-technical aspects of airborne firefighting will be covered. Having successfully passed several recruitment phases the new personnel, who have been selected from different regional firefighting units will receive training by some of the best instructors from the National School of Firefighters. Meeting the new recruits, the Regional Secretary of Health, Pedro Ramos, reiterated how necessary this training was for the protection of the island against fire.
In addition to the Operational Plan for Combating Forest Fires (POCIF) helicopter crew, the Regional Civil Protection Service (SRPC) is promoting a wide range of fire fighting initiatives using 240 operational personnel from various Civil Protection Agencies including Fire Departments, Forest Police Corps, the Republican National Guard and the Army who have attended a recertification programme which started on the 20th of May.
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