The Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) trade union complained last week that there are 17 ways – one for each region – of fighting fires in Spain. In the Valencia region, there is one “environmental agent” for every 104 hectares, while in Aragon each “nature protection agent” is in charge of 1,669 hectares and in Galicia a “forestry agent” looks after 333 hectares. A CCOO spokesman said the regional governments of Galicia, the Canary Islands and Asturias invest too little in fire fighters and their equipment, while in Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura private companies are hired to do the job. He complained that there was no standardised approach to putting out fires, which do not respect frontiers. He said that so far this year, fires have been three times as destructive as in the same period last year and called on the regions to get their act together.


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