EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PLANNING – TRANSVULCANIA 2014.

Since its very beginning, one of the most distinguishing features of the Transvulcania has always been the importance given to safety, and our care of the runners who come to La Palma to compete each year. For this reason, the Cabildo has always made great efforts to take care of runners' and spectators' physical safety, as well as that of the race followers, indeed everyone involved in this trail-running event, using all possible means available to an island like ours.

Probable risks

With the sole purpose of taking appropriate action in case of emergency during the race, we need to analyse the possible risks:

  • If runners stray away from the signposted trail, they could fall down.

Transvulcania is a mountain race across steep (ascending and descending) and rough trails. Therefore, runners run the risk of falling down or straying away from the signposted trail. Besides, due to the fact that the race starts early in the morning, before sunrise, and some runners could finish it after sunset, visibility could be poor and risks could be greater. However, runners must wear a headlamp.  Take it into account that the last leg of the race crosses an area open to the traffic and, thus, runners could run the risk of being run over.

  • Car accidents.

No car accident has ever happened in previous races. Therefore there is no information available.

High risk locations and description of risks

  • STARTING POINT:Many runners using a very narrow path at the same time. Poor visibility (still totally dark). Risk of falls, collisions, straying from the path and disorientation.
  • LOS CANARIOS:Crossing a main road. Risk of being run over.
  • LOS CANARIOS - REFUGIO DEL PILAR:Exhaustion (low blood pressure/hypoglycemia) or hypothermia (depending on weather conditions) during ascents. Falls during descents. Disoroentation and straying from the signposted trail.
  • REFUGIO DE EL PILAR-REFUGIO PUNTA DE LOS ROQUES:Exhaustion (low blood pressure/hypoglycemia) heat stroke or hypothermia (depending on weather conditions).
  • REFUGIO PUNTA DE LOS ROQUES-PICO DE LA NIEVE:Losing sense of direction or straying away from the signposted trail. Exhaustion (low blood pressure/hypoglycemia).
  • PICO DE LA NIEVE-ROQUE DE LOS MUCHACHOS:The trail gets narrow and goes along the summit of the island. Risk of falling off a cliff.
  • ROQUE DE LOS MUCHACHOS – TORRETA FORESTAL DEL TIME – PUERTO DE TAZACORTE: Crossing the main road in an area of poor visibility with consequent risk of being run over. The path descends steeply which increases the risk of falls. After having spent so many hours running, runners could suffer from low blood pressure, hypoglycaemia, cramps, ...
  • PUERTO DE TAZACORTE-FINISH-LINE:Apart from exhaustion, runners run the risk of fainting as a consequence of low blood pressure and/or hypoclycemias. Also, risk of being run over.

 

Emergency staff and equipment.

EMERGENCY STAFF.

Medical stations will be available at the following points

  • Doctors: (El Pilar, Punta de los Roques, Roque de los Muchachos, Torreta Forestal y Los Llanos).
  • Nurses: (Las Deseadas, Pilar, Punta de los Roques, Pico de la Cruz, Pico de la Nieve, Roque de los Muchachos, Torreta Forestal de El Time, Puerto de Tazacorte y Los Llanos).

Belonging to Cabildo de La Palma

  • Department of environmental protection.
  • CECOPIN.
  • SODEPAL.

Guardia Civil (Spanish police)

  • Traffic police.
  • SEPRONA.
  • GREIM.
  • Rurales.

Cruz Roja (Spanish Red Cross)

  • Doctors.
  • Nurses.
  • Technicians.

Firemen

  • Coordination.
  • Rescuers.
  • Support.

Ayudas en Emergencias Anaga (A.E.A.)

  • Nurses.
  • Technicians.
  • Rescuers.
  • At strategic checkpoints.

Alfa Tango

  • At strategic checkpoints.

Civil Protection (Tazacorte)

  • At strategic checkpoints.

Civil Protection (El Paso)

  • At strategic checkpoints.

Civil Protection (S/C Palma)

  • At strategic checkpoints.

Spanish army

  • Coordination.
  • Staff picking up runners who drop out of the race due to injury/fatigue/accident.
  • Logistis support.

 

EQUIPMENT.

Helicopters

  • One belonging to the Grupo de Emergencias y Salvamento del Gobierno de Canarias (GES).
  • One belonging to the GREIM.

Ambulances

  • Cruz Roja (one belonging to the Spanish Red Cross).
  • One belonging to the Spanish army.
  • A.E.A.
  • Others.

 Fire extinguishing vehicles

  • Belonging to Fire Department.
  • Belonging to the Department of Environmental Protection.

 Vehicles in strategic locations

  • CECOPIN.
  • Firefighters.
  • Canary Directorate-General of Safety and Emergencias: PMA.