The mayor, Arturo Dávalos Peña, inaugurated the 10th International Congress of Emergency Care, organized in Puerto Vallarta by the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) 9-1-1 chapter Mexico.
The mayor stated Puerto Vallarta is a tourist destination, ensuring the safety of its citizens and visitors is a priority, so professional attention to emergency services is vital, hence the importance of this meeting for the exchange of experiences and ideas to improve emergency services in the city.
“Today national and international tourists are looking for safe tourist destinations, where they can come and enjoy with their family a few pleasant days and tourist attractions, and of course they are safe here in Puerto Vallarta; so 9-1-1 is fundamental to prevent risks, accidents or any situation that endangers the integrity of people,” he said.
Since the beginning of this year, Puerto Vallarta began using the 9-1-1 number for emergency services, joining several states that had already implemented the system in 2016.
Dávalos Peña emphasized that in addition to having adopted this emergency service number, “in the municipal government we bet on this collaboration and we work hard to improve the conditions in which we take care of emergencies; we do it by strengthening our elements with equipment, with training, as well as with this valuable exchange of experiences that will serve us all to provide a better service.”
The mayor added that unfortunately there is still a high rate of false calls that imply an expense of human and economic resources to their attention, and sometimes even, put at risk the life of the team that goes to the emergency services. Not only must the city work in the training of staff, but also in the awareness of citizens to reduce this type of calls.
The inauguration also included the presence of the President of the Municipal DIF, Candelaria Tovar de Dávalos; Rob Mc Muellen, President of NENA United States; Jairo Flores Avila, president of NENA Mexico; Captain Salvador Cuellar Hernández, representing the 8th Naval Zone and Captain First Dentist Surgeon, Ciro Camacho Mercado. Subsequently, the Mayor of Puerto Vallarta and other authorities cut the ribbon of Expo NENA 911-2017 and toured the different stands.