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Visit to Emergency Military Unit in Torrejón de Ardoz

President of the Government of Spain underlines strength of public services as key in response to adversities

Emergency Military Unit, Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), Tuesday 12 January 2021

Pedro Sánchez conveyed his gratitude and pride in the public services involved in the work operations implemented due to Storm Filomena in his visit to Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base, where he was accompanied by the Minister for Defence, Margarita Robles, to see the actions of this military unit that heads up the armed forces' mobilisation in response to the cold snap, the ice and the snow left in the wake of Storm Filomena.

Foto: Pool Moncloa/Fernando CalvoThe President of the Government also passed on the belief of the Spanish people that "the armed forces, the Army, the UME and the whole National Civil Protection System, in the same way as the health professionals in response to the pandemic, are offering an effective, but also an equal response, to emergencies".

"We are giving our all, which is why Spanish society is grateful to you for everything", he said to the servicemen.

Close to 1,500 UME, Army and Air Force servicemen are working 24 hours a day, together with the rest of the emergency services, coordinated by the Directorate-General of Civil Protection and Emergencies, to alleviate the complicated situation in the autonomous regions of Madrid, Aragon and Castile-La Mancha.

Pedro Sánchez saw first-hand the actions of the 1,488 servicemen and 392 vehicles mobilised by the armed forces, which are primarily divided into three areas. The largest number can be found in Madrid, with 844 servicemen (488 from the UME and 396 from the Army, together with 217 vehicles), in addition to a special operation deployed at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, with 182 servicemen (94 from the UME and 88 from the Army), together with 67 vehicles.

Aragón, with 220 servicemen from the UE, supported by 86 vehicles, and Toledo, where the Army is deployed with 202 servicemen and 22 vehicles, are the other two areas where the armed forces are acting.

From rescuing car drivers in the early hours of the snow storm on Friday, to clearing access paths to hospitals and health centres, logistics centres and essential infrastructures, servicemen from the UME and the Army have been working tirelessly to recover normality as quickly as possible.

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