Palma.— The 061 Medical Emergency Centre attends an average of 440 people a day during the summer months, regional Health Minister Antoni Mesquida said yesterday on a visit to the Centre's control hub in Palma.

In the first half of the year, the “061” service has responded to 215'541 calls.
The service has also registered 31'607 occasions on which ambulances fitted with full life support systems have been called into action, and 519 when air ambulances have had to be used.

Mesquida, accompanied by the Managing Director of the “061” Emergency Services Guadalupe Hidalgo, visited the headquarters where he was able to see for himself at first hand the workings of an ambulance fully kitted out with life support systems and what procedure is adopted by crew when they have to attend an emergency.

The Minister praised the dedication of the Medical Emergency workers and highlighted the importance of the teams' special skills in saving lives .
The “061” Services have a total of 10 state of the art ambulances at their disposal (5 on Majorca, 2 on Ibiza, 2 on Minorca and 1 on Formentera).
During the summer season, the fleet is given an extra high-tech ambulance stationed at Can Picafort.
Besides the vehicles fitted with full life support systems, there are 26 other ambulances with basic life saving equipment (19 on Majorca, 3 on Minorca and 4 on Ibiza.

There are three air ambulances in the Balearics.


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