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Posted by portugalpress on November 22, 2018

A renovation and expansion project is underway at Portimão’s fire station in an investment totalling €625,000.

The work has already started and is due to be completed in May, before the start of the critical fire period.

The project will be officially unveiled on December 11, the day Portimão celebrates its municipal holiday, said the president of Portimão’s firefighter association Álvaro Bila.

On that same day the local council will be signing a protocol to contribute €94,000 towards the project. The remainder will be covered by Community funding. Portimão mayoress Isilda Gomes is also due to visit the station to see works progressing.

When the project was first announced last year, Bila explained that the station was “too small” as it was built around 30 years ago for a crew of 40 to 50 firefighters while the current force tops 120.

The works will focus mostly on building new dormitories and locker rooms and expanding the station’s parking area.

Portimão was one of the three boroughs affected by this summer’s devastating wildfires in the Algarve, which started in Monchique and then spread to Portimão and Silves.

For two weeks, flames raged and destroyed around 27,000 hectares of land in the three boroughs. Portimão’s firefighting force was among those at the forefront of the battle.

But like all firefighting crews, the Portimão Bombeiros do more than just put out fires. They are also called to rescue people and animals from dangerous situations.