The Environment and Water Agency (Amaya), which reports to the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, has begun the process of awarding more than 400 positions in the categories of forest firefighters specialising in fire prevention and extinguishing, as well as forest firefighters who drive firefighting vehicles. This is the start of the Andalusian Forest Fire Extinguishing Service, a fortnight before the start of the High Risk season.
Regional Minister Carmen Crespo highlighted the “high level of professionalism of a service that is a world reference in the prevention and extinction of forest fires”, during today’s visit to the agency’s headquarters, where she was accompanied by the Deputy Regional Minister Ana Corredera, the Director General for the Natural Environment, Biodiversity and Protected Spaces, Araceli Cabello, and the Managing Director of Amaya, Javier De Torre.
The Environment and Water Agency, which is responsible for the logistics and most of the human resources of the Infoca Plan, carries out an annual assessment in its catalogue of resources of the positions required to have the system fully covered for the firefighting campaign, which lasts from 1 June to 15 October.
In this way, more than 400 positions have been offered today and, additionally, during the rest of the month of May, positions will be offered for security guards, so that there will be more than 600 for the 2022 firefighting campaign. This call is the result of the replacement rates approved for the device during the 2020 and 2021 years, as well as the positions derived from interim positions that are currently in progress, in addition to the additional rate of reinforcement that is carried out each year for the months of the High Risk campaign.
The recruitment process has been designed by the agency with the intention of being completed by 1 June, which is when the forest fire campaign officially begins. Access to work in the Infoca system is by means of a Public Employment Offer.