Monday, January 10, 2022

Emergency Services coordinated 940 incidents on New Year's Eve in the Canary Islands

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The Centro Coordinador de Emergencias y Seguridad (Emergency and Security Coordination Centre) (CECOES) 1-1-2, a service of the Ministry of Public Administrations, Justice and Security of the Government of the Canary Islands, coordinated 940 incidents during the night of New Year's Eve 2021, which represented an increase of 3.4% compared with the New Year's Eve of the previous year, where 909 were registered.

By territories, the Eastern Islands registered 517 incidents, between 9:00 p.m. on December 31 and 8:00 a.m. on January 1, while in the Western Islands there were 423. These figures represent a great variation with respect to the activity of a normal day in the operating rooms, where an average of 500 incidents are received in this time slot.

The highest activity was related to security, with 395 incidents and 42% of all incidents, followed by health, with 346, representing 36.8%. However, if we compare with the previous year, there is a decrease in security incidents by 21.9% and an increase in health by 34.6%.

Seventy-three incidents reported to 1-1-2 in the Canary Islands were for the extinction of fires, many of them related to fireworks, which represents a rise of 128.1%.

The rescues at sea should also be highlighted, with five activations directly related to assistance to migrant boats, compared to one the previous year.

In addition, the CECOES 1-1-2 registered 58 accidents or land rescues, 3.3% less, but some of them of relevance such as the three traffic accidents located in Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. In the first one, a 33-year-old man died after the vehicle in which he was driving overturned in Teguise, Lanzarote, while in Gran Canaria, SUC personnel had to transfer two people to hospital in serious condition, resulting in wounds after being run over on roads in the municipalities of Gáldar and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. 

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