Immediate disaster relief service
Emergencia y Respuesta Inmediata de la Comunidad de Madrid (ERICAM – Emergency and Immediate Response of the Region of Madrid)
Through ERICAM the Region of Madrid provides a coordinated response in the event of disasters
ERICAM (Emergencia y Respuesta Inmediata de la Comunidad de Madrid – Emergency and Immediate Response of the Region of Madrid) was created to coordinate the joint response of the bodies of the Region of Madrid to disasters that may occur in any Spanish region or in any country around the world.
From its inception, ERICAM has been involved in major forest fire-fighting operations in Spain, such as in the fire of Tenerife (2007), Segovia, Valencia and Guadalajara (2008), Teruel and Avila (2009).
It has also participated in wildfires in other countries such as Portugal in 2017. Due to the size of these fires, ERICAM carried out two consecutive interventions (July and August).
ERICAM was also involved in the earthquakes occurred in Haiti and Chile (2010), Lorca (2011) and Ecuador (2016).
ERICAM is specialised in rescue operations in large earthquakes; yet, due to the versatility of its member bodies, it can provide response in various events involving natural disasters such as forest fire situations.
In earthquake rescues, ERICAM is qualified to perform the following actions:
- Structural assessment of buildings
- Reinforcement of unstable components
- Technical and dog search under the debris
- Opening holes to allow victims’ access
- Health assistance to victims before transfer to hospital
All of such actions are performed with high safety standards for both the rescue teams and the victims in a catastrophe situation.