Nandayure on the Nicoya peninsula now has a fire station. It is the 11th in Guanacaste, an area where residents have complained for years that the response time is too long.
The new station has six professional firemen and a pumper truck. The station, the 71st in the country services about 10,000 persons in the communities of Carmona, Santa Rita, Zapotal, San Pablo, Porvenir, Jicaral, Pueblo Viejo, Vista de Mar, Punta Islita and Bejuco, said the Cuerpo de Bomberos.
This is one of the stations that is being constructed with the money raised by an assessment on the electric bills in Costa Rica. The fire fighters were left without support when the insurance market opened up in the country.
Previously the agency was supported fully by the Instituto Nacional de Seguros, which also had a monopoly on writing fire insurance policies.
The new tax went into effect in September 2011. The assessment is 1.75 percent of the face value of the electric bill on usage of from 100 kilowatts to 1,750.
So far the fire fighting agency has used the money to open new stations in Los Chiles, Puerto Jiménez, Bribri and in Puntarenas. The last one, inaugurated two weeks ago, is for fireboats.