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In an event held last Friday, October 6, in Grandes Playas, Corralejo, La Oliva City Council officially presented the lifeguard service provided by the Red Cross. This announcement marks a milestone in the safety of the municipality's beaches, with the contract coming into force on September 11.
The mayor of La Oliva, Isaí Blanco, expressed his satisfaction with the culmination of a process that had been in the making for some time: "This lifeguard contract is the result of a continuous effort to guarantee safety on our beaches. We are sure that the Red Cross will do their work with professionalism and dedication."
The Councilor for Beaches, Julio Santana, joined the mayor's comments and sent his best wishes to the Red Cross: "I want to wish all the luck in the world to the Red Cross and we hope that they have to act as little as possible. Our visitors should feel safe knowing that they have this service. It is essential to emphasize that we must have the utmost respect for the lifeguards since they are the ones who risk their lives in every moment of danger."
The Spanish Red Cross was awarded the tender to provide the aquatic lifeguard service in Grandes Playas in Corralejo, and the Piedra Playa and La Concha beaches in El Cotillo. The provincial president of the Spanish Red Cross in Las Palmas, Isaac Díaz, expressed his commitment: "For the Red Cross it is a pleasure to have been able to work to win this contract and to be providing service to the municipality of La Oliva. We are going to do it with the best hope and with the greatest desire to give prestige to this City Council and its beaches."
Lianne Martín, island president of the Red Cross in Fuerteventura, also shared her enthusiasm: "We are delighted to be here again in La Oliva providing the aquatic lifeguard service and we hope to provide all the security we can provide to the users of these great beaches."
For his part, Heriberto López, provincial director of the Las Palmas Red Cross Emergency Unit, explained: "In the current winter season, our beach service operates with a staff of 22 lifeguards, organized in shifts to ensure the safety of beachgoers. Of these, 15 lifeguards are assigned daily to Grandes Playas, with 13 of them patrolling the main areas, while 3 are in the Concha y Piedra Playa area. During the summer season, which ranges from July 1 to September 3, we further strengthened our service with the incorporation of 11 additional lifeguards. This increase in coverage allows us to extend our services to Corralejo Viejo beach and strengthen safety in all areas of our reach ."We are committed to keeping our beaches safe and accessible to everyone year-round."
Regarding the equipment of the Red Cross aquatic lifesaving team, they have cutting-edge resources to guarantee a rapid and effective response. In Grandes Playas, there is a jet ski, 2 Quads, a Buggy, and two 4x4 vehicles. On the other hand, on the beaches of El Cotillo, the team has another jet ski, a Quad, and an additional 4x4 vehicle. This important provision of resources allows us to address any emergency situation efficiently and provide the necessary help at all times.
With the entry into operation of this lifeguard service, the La Oliva City Council and the Red Cross work together to offer a safe and pleasant experience to all visitors to the municipality's beaches.