Traffic lights, green for firefighters. Gain time to save human lives
Benidorm implements a system that stops traffic and allows the incorporation of fire-fighting vehicles
Benidorm has launched today a traffic light control system that will stop traffic and facilitate the exit of fire vehicles at the intersection that concentrates vehicles coming from the AP7, the N-332, the CV-753, the Estación de Buses, the Palace of Justice, and the Salt de l'Aigua.
It is the area with the highest concentration of traffic in Benidorm, through which "between 30,000 and 35,000 vehicles circulate every day", pointed out the Councilor for Mobility, José Ramón González de Zárate.
This morning, the mayor, together with municipal technicians, delivered to the non-commissioned officer of Benidorm Fire Station, Santiago Rivera, the devices that will make it possible to turn the three traffic lights that the fire trucks must go through to red for the rest of the vehicles before joining the main road.
It is "a historical claim of the Fire Station," explained González de Zárate. "At the moment they have to leave due to an emergency, or a fire, they will have an additional thirty seconds" that will allow them to join the road without interference from other vehicles.
This morning, after testing the system, and its effectiveness and verifying that, as expected, the lane to be used by firefighters and emergency teams was free, González de Zárate recalled the "importance" of the service and recalled "the great importance" of times when managing emergencies. "The last thing we want - he has had an impact - is for fire engines to get trapped between cars." With this system “they will be able to go out and gain time. We talk about people, we talk about saving human lives ”, he concluded.