The island of La Gomera will have a hydroplane based permanently on the island this summer (2013) to help tackle possible forest fires such as those which affected the island last year (2012).
This has been announced by the Ministry of Environment, who presented the campaign against forest fires for the period of 2013, which will have 66 aircraft, 11 mobile meteorology units and transmissions and 10 Brigades to support the Spanish communities against fires that Spain may suffer this summer period.
Despite this news the chairman of the council of the island (of La Gomera) had advocated the need to also provide the area with a helicopter which he quotes as ‘more suitable to the topography of the island’.
This years budget has seen an increase of €27 million from last year to reach a budget of €130 million for firefighting tasks. So far this year there has only been one major fire compared to 10 registered in the same period last year.