Over 15,000 firefighters were on duty during Christmastime, in order to conduct missions destined for the protection and safety of citizens in the event of emergency situations.
According to a release of the Public Information Directorate of the General Emergency Situations Inspectorate (IGSU), between December 24-26, rescuers were requested to intervene in 3,305 emergency situations, of which 177 fires, 2,836 requests for first aid, 19 extrication missions and 65 missions for unblocking/rescue. Furthermore, in this period, 2,440 persons received medical assistance from the firefighters that are part of EMT crews, while 24 were saved from life-threatening situations.
The number of interventions that saw the participation of IGSU personnel increased by 13 percent when compared to the similar period of last year, the difference being mostly due to an increase in requests for first aid.
Although the number of fires produced went down by 25 percent, firefighting missions that saw the rescue of several persons still occurred in the three days of Christmas. The main causes of fires in homes are still faulty electrical systems, usually due to malfunction or improvised modifications, as well as unkempt or faulty chimneys, the release mentions.