The City Council of Marbella will reinforce security on the beaches this summer of the municipality and the surrounding areas with a device that will exceed a hundred troops and it will increase the watchtowers, the first aid posts and the number of lifeguards, which totaled 41 last season and this year will reach 50 during the months of July and August.
This was announced this Friday by the councilor for the branch, José Eduardo Díaz, who has maintained a coordination meeting with emergency services “to determine the distribution of functions and establish the mechanisms of the operation”.
The mayor has specified that “it is a very large and varied team which will be deployed at the points that have been considered most necessary after previous experience during the pandemic” and has detailed that “it is on alert throughout the year, but between beginning of June and end of September intensifies due to a greater influx of visitors.
Díaz, who has been accompanied by the general director of Beaches, María Victoria Martín-Lomeña, has specified that up to 18 watchtowers will be installed along the 27 kilometers of coastline, three more than last season, and there will be five first aid stations, four more than in 2021.
In addition, it has progressed Civil Protection will provide 57 volunteerscounting on boat skippers and three jet skis to support the underwater firefighting unit, as well as personnel who will carry out surveillance on twenty bicycles that will walk the promenades.
The device will have seven backup firefighters throughout the summer season, which will carry out combined fire prevention and water rescue duties, a service that will also have a boat, two jet skis and two divers. Regarding the Local Police, it has indicated that it will add six quads to the operative.
For his part, Martín-Lomeña explained that the Malaga lifeguard companywhich returns to provide rescue work in the municipality for the second year, began to work at Easter and during the subsequent weekends, but from June 1 it will do so from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., a schedule that in July and August will be extended until 7:30 p.m. from Mondays to Sundays.
He underlined the budget effort for the summer, with a annual endowment that goes from 636,000 to 710,000 euros, which represents an increase of 12%, and which is reflected in the improvement of the service. In this sense, he stressed that in June and September, the concessionaire will also contribute two ambulances, with infirmary and TES staff (Health Emergency Technicians) that will be extended to three in July and August.
They will also have support of two jet skis with bases in San Pedro Alcántara and Pinomar, which in the period of greatest influx will add one more, as well as two rapid intervention vehicles, a passenger car and a 4×4 buggy type. Besides, the central base will be located in La Bajadillatogether with that of Civil Protection, “to guarantee maximum coordination and offer the best service to users”.