This week the Government of Gran Canaria announced that it has increased its capacity to fight fires this summer with more vehicles and more personnel than last year, which totals 235 individuals.
The island now has six new vehicles and an extension of the reinforcement contract from four to six months until 15 November.
Current staff include 89 workers located at six points of fire surveillance with 30 guards, as well as the reinforcement for fire brigades, three pilots, two mechanics, two analysts and two Civil Protection technicians.
The rest of the functions of firefighting are assumed by the Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Gran Canaria. There are also two helicopters based at Artenara with the first available for six months from May to November and the second from June to October.
Regarding terrestrial means, there are five new vehicles of light transport with devices for pumping water, which are added to the other twelve pumps.
There are also 800 military troops available if needed to meet firefighting actions.
You can find this and other news stories from the Canary Islands and Spain in the free, online 'News from the Canary Islands':
Remember to enter your email address for your FREE weekly online copy of 'News from the Canary Islands'
Keep up to date by joining our Facebook page: @newsfromthecanaryislands