The Municipal Market of Loulé was the scene, this Wednesday, March 8, of a simulation in the face of a catastrophe situation.
The fictitious scenario included an earthquake and two fires, with one victim in the square's east turret. Supporting the operation was the Municipal Civil Protection Service, the GNR and the Red Cross.
Visitors and operators, as well as the Market's management and employees, took part in this exercise, which also aimed to raise the community's awareness of this matter of great importance.
Also because, as underlined by the coordinator of the operation, João Matos Lima, «the main agent of civil protection is each one of us». According to this official, everything went as planned, with citizens collaborating in the best way.
«These drills are intended to test the self-protection measures and, in a dynamic way, introduce the improvements that are deemed necessary, namely in the procedures associated with the response in an emergency situation, thus aiming at the best possible response. These assumptions were largely achieved thanks to the involvement of those who operate in this space and who wanted to collaborate in this scenario that, we hope, never becomes real», he added.
On the Market side, the administrator of the municipal company Loulé Concelho Global Cláudio Casimiro stressed the fact that this is yet another exercise of the kind that takes place in this commercial space.
«It is very important to have this type of action so that we can test our Emergency Plan. This is what we have done on several occasions at the Market, associating ourselves not only with the celebrations of the International Civil Protection Day but also at other times», he added.
Throughout the afternoon, these celebrations of the International Civil Protection Day also included a media exhibition, in Praça da República.
35 agents were present, representing the GNR, Maritime Authority, Red Cross, Regional Health Administration, Social Security, Municipal Civil Protection Service and Municipal Firefighters, entities that make up the Municipal Commission for Civil Protection,
This exhibition was open to the general public, but included a special visit, that of students from the Civil Protection course at Escola Secundária de Loulé, who were able to interact with different civil protection agents.
As a balance, councilor Carlos Carmo recalled the importance of this activity in the sense of «promoting a preventive culture in the community, but also establishing an interaction between the population and all the organizations that contribute to the safety and protection of the population».
«We are very pleased to have held another simulation event because it is through practice that we improve. Awareness actions are one of the points of all the work in the area of civil protection that we have carried out in recent years», said this municipal official.