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Posted by portugalpress on May 11, 2018

An additional 14 emergency vehicles will boost the Algarve’s INEM fleet this summer, with a total of 52 vehicles operating between June 1 and September 30.

The announcement was made this week by Portugal’s national institute of medical emergency (INEM), which said the move aims to “strengthen the region’s response to accidents or situations of sudden illness at a time when the region’s population significantly increases”.

The Algarve has 38 year-round emergency vehicles, which will be complemented in the summer with a medical emergency and resuscitation vehicle (VMER) in Tavira; two medical emergency motorcycles in Portimão and Albufeira; nine INEM ambulances at the Portuguese Red Cross in Armação de Pêra, Lagos, Almancil, Albufeira, Altura, Portimão, Boliqueime and Ferreiras; and two INEM ambulances at the Albufeira and Portimão fire stations.

INEM will also hand over two defibrillators to the Tavira and Olhão fire stations for the assistance of heart-attack victims on the Ria Formosa islands of Tavira and Armona.

The medical emergency institute concluded by assuring holidaymakers that the Algarve’s emergency response is “capable of meeting people’s needs”.