The Red Cross has organised a team of 300 first aid responders to be ready for any incidents during Carnival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this week. These will also be supported by 1300 Policia Local officers and over 100 local street cleaners to make sure everyone is safe, healthy and that streets are cleaned up afterwards.
This team has already been working to provide the support needed for such a big Carnival event and will continue until these events come to an end. There is a medical post set up close to Santa Catalina Park in Calle Eduardo Benot, which will have 15 professional health workers, such as doctors, nurses, health personnel, a psychosocial team and a rapid intervention team, as well as 90 volunteers who will observe the area to determine if any intervention is needed from ambulance teams with advanced life support equipment.
In the main Carnival parade on Saturday 17 February and at the burial of the sardine on Sunday 18 February the number of first aid responders will reach 150 people with human, mechanical and nautical resources to guarantee everyone’s safety – except for the sardine who will be buried.
The police are also planning to create a space within this medical centre to support people who are victims of gender violence and for people who consume too much alcohol during the night parties of Carnival. Of course, many people in Las Palmas will be dressed in many different costumes this week, and there could be many doctors and nurses who may just be there for the party!
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