Adeje Volunteer Firefighters are celebrating their 35th anniversary
The Adeje Volunteer Fire Station, a pioneer in the Canary Islands and one of the first in Spain, celebrates 35 years of its foundation on Saturday June 26th. The volunteer firefighters model was introduced in the Canary Islands by the tourist entrepreneurs of Playa de Las Américas and Arona in 1985.
After analyzing the safety deficiencies of the tourist destination and preparing a group of people and providing them with minimum materials including a second-hand jeep, a motorised pump, some hoses and some personal protection gear, they took to the streets in 1986, known as the Volunteer Firefighters of Playa de Las Américas at that time, where they performed their first service.
Since its creation, the Adeje Volunteer Firefighters have intervened in more than ten thousand incidents of different kinds, from traffic accidents, urban fires, to building collapses.
The group began its journey in the garages of the Pueblo Canario Shopping Centre in Playa de Las Américas. Later, the “Casa de Los Bomberos” moved to the ground floor of the Club Atlantis hotel in San Eugenio. In 1991 the Firefighters settled permanently in a park built in the Fañabe neighbourhood of Adeje.
Given the arrival of new vehicles, they expanded their facilities in 2001, being the second largest fire station in Tenerife, after Santa Cruz. The Adeje Volunteer Firefighters model can be defined, by its facilities, the training of its members, and their equipment, as "Professional firefighters, who provide their services in a voluntary way". Currently, it is made up of 34 men and women, plus 14 applicants who are doing basic training.
Given the restrictions due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the current board of directors has decided to move the commemoration events of this 35th anniversary for later in the year, however, tomorrow (Friday June 25th) at 7:00pm at the facilities of the Fañabe station, the presentation of a book that recounts the history of this group of firefighters throughout its thirty-five years of existence, and where through photographs you can learn about the story of this group of amazing volunteer firefighters.
From us all, we salute you and say thankyou for all you do, and long may it continue.