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Mojácar Local Police Patrol With Defibrillators in Their Vehicles

Mojácar Local Police officers are carrying out their patrol services with defibrillators in their vehicles.  The headquarters has acquired two pieces of equipment and the officers have been trained in Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillation.

Mojácar Local Police is one of the first of the province’s police forces to carry these life-saving devices, that provide the municipality with greater safety, during their patrol services.  One more example of their commitment to citizens and the duty of assistance they provide on a daily basis.

Mojácar Council Security councillor, María Luisa Pérez, emphasizes that the provision of these two defibrillators to the Mojácar Local Police Headquarters will mean a before and after in the safety and assistance work provided by officers in this Levante Almería municipality.

It was in June that the officers received the relevant training given by Advanced Life Support instructors from the company Sanur Emergencias with extensive experience in training and assistance in health emergencies. The concepts which they explained during the day are based on the recommendations of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), which are those accepted by the National Plan for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (RCP)

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The aim of the training is for the students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities for performing Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillation and obtain the corresponding accreditation for the use of the defibrillator, which is now another tool for their work.

There is evidence that the majority of sudden deaths have a cardiac origin and that the highest percentage of survivors is in the group where Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillation are applied properly and early, including as essential steps the immediate activation of the Health Emergencies System, the correct identification of cardiorespiratory arrest.

In these cases the participation of the first responders is essential. Local Police officers are on numerous occasions the first to arrive at the scene of the emergency. Until now, their action in the event of a cardiorespiratory arrest was limited to alerting the emergency services, and in the best possible scenario, initiating basic life support consisting of mouth-to-mouth ventilation and external cardiac massage until the arrival of the advanced life support teams. However, the appearance of automated external defibrillators, electro-health devices capable of analysing heart rhythm and of recognising the presence or absence of ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia, has made scientific societies, together with public administrations, promote the use of these devices by duly qualified, non-healthcare personnel, who find themselves in similar situations. The objective is that they can use defibrillation immediately while the emergency services are on their way.

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Mojácar Extends the Period of the Christmas Illuminations

Mojácar’s attractive Christmas decorations thanks to being the winner of the Ferrero Rocher “Together we shine brighter” contest, added to the offers from traders and the hospitality sector, have made the municipality one of the must-sees this Christmas.

Every night Mojacar receives a large number of visitors, who come to enjoy the festive atmosphere that runs through the whole of the locality’s old town.

Given the raised expectations, Mojácar Council wants to let everyone who wants to gaze at these spectacular illuminations know that they will remain on, for the time being, and as a minimum, until the end of January, not ruling out the possibility of extending this period further and as already announced by the Mayor, Rosa María Cano.

With this decision, Mojácar Council wants to give thanks for the support fired up throughout the province in the campaign to become the competition winners and hence give the opportunity to all those who wish to enjoy the illuminations, without having to rush and without the need to stay within the limited calendar of the traditional dates of Christmas.

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This way Mojácar will shine brighter for longer and remain open for many more dates to be able to come to the municipality.

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Firefighters Donate Three Fire Engines to the Centre for the Hospitalised Children

The Levante Almeriense Firefighters’ Association has been to the paediatrics department to visit the hospitalised children and to make a donation of three fire engines for them to use during their hospital stay on these such important days.

These trucks are automatic and able to be steered by the parents of the hospitalised children or by the children themselves if they are a bit older. They also have a built-in Bluetooth music selection system, sirens, and are equipped with lights for emergencies.

The fire engines have been decorated by the firefighters themselves with all the emblems, shields and anagrams to make them replicas as similar as possible to the ones that they use. They have also devised a special system for fixing a hook so that there is the possibility of hanging IV bags or medications and they can be used by everyone without any hindrance.

They were received at the Huércal-Overa Inmaculada Hospital by the Health Delegate, Juan de la Cruz, the Inmaculada Hospital Manager, José Miguel Medina, and the paediatrics service Management Team and health personnel, who thanked them for their generosity towards the hospitalised children and their parents, an appointment they don’t fail to keep both at Christmas and throughout the year.

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For their part, the members of the Levante Almeriense Firefighters Consortium feel very pleased at having been able to repeat this visit that they never miss at Christmas, except those required due to lock down, and for having managed to bring happiness and smiles to the patients and their parents, making them forget the hospital routine, even if it is only for one morning; one of the aims that, for years, they have fulfilled at this time of year.

A touching gesture by the Levante Almeriense Firefighters team, which together with other initiatives, such as collaboration with different NGOs, sports events, etc., expresses their closeness to and their wish to be in contact with the public.

Added to the important work that the firefighters carry out in our society, they go a step further in their commitment to solidarity and assistance, with this type of initiative.

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The Traditional Festival of Nine Lessons is Celebrated in Mojácar

As has become a regular in Mojácar’s Christmas celebrations, the locality’s two most important religious communities came together for the Festival of Nine Lessons, a meeting of Catholic and Anglican faithful gathered around the reading of Genesis, in both languages, as well as an exchange of traditional Christmas carols from both cultures.

The celebration was officiated by the Mojácar Santa María Catholic Church Parish Priest, Victor Manuel Fernández, and the Costa de Almería Anglican minister, Alwyn Carter.

As is customary, the gathering was held in the Mojácar Santa María Parish Church, and was attended by Spanish and British faithful, Catholics and Anglicans, who jointly and emotionally celebrated this time of Advent, a prelude to the most important days of the year for the faithful of both communities.

The readings by the faithful begin with the Old Testament. By the hand of the prophet Isiah the birth of Jesus is announced and through the apostles Luke, Matthew and John, the impact of his birth on the world is related. The lessons, in Spanish and English, are interspersed with Christmas carols, also typical of both cultures.

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The Anglican tradition of holding the Nine Lessons Festival during Advent dates back to 1880, when the Archbishop of Canterbury designed the service for the eve of Christmas in Cornwall in the UK. It’s a service of nine short lessons from the Bible in which the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus is usually outlined.

The ceremony ended with the performance by the British and Spanish faithful of the well-known carol “Adeste fideles” (O Come, All Ye Faithful), sung in the original Latin.

Decorated for Christmas, the Santa María Parish Church, has an addition to its original charm as a place of meditation, highlighting the Parish Nativity scene, which is always set up by the Mojácar parishioners.

The Nativity, of great beauty, is the work of the Murcian creator Jesús Griñán from the locality Puente Tocinos, where there are the best Nativity scene makers in Murcia, and which has a grand modelling tradition.

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Although the central figures of the Nativity scene have been in the parish for a long time, new passages from the life of Jesus have been acquired over time from the same sculptor, so that today it is a display of great artistic and cultural value with movable figures that recreate the different trades of the time.

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