Celso sets 4 new fire trucks for BFP PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 May 2013 14:11

Fulfilling its commitment to help the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) enhance its emergency response services, the City Government has purchased 4 new firetrucks at a cost of P23.6million.

One of the four fire trucks has been delivered and is set to be turned over by Mayor Celso Lobregat to City Fire Marshall Dominador Zabala on Monday after the flag raising ceremony.

“These fire trucks are still part of the City’s maximum support to public safety”, Lobregat, whose administration has initiated the construction of 8 new fire stations and rehabilitation of the Central Fire Station as well as provided other firefighting equipment and gears including transportation facilities, said.

While the appropriation for the fire fighting equipment was P28M, the City Government has accrued savings of almost P5M, as the supplier—United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. bidded the 4 fire fighting equipment with accessories at only P23.6M.

The four brand new fire trucks set for the local Bureau of Fire will be among the last package of assistance that Mayor Lobregat is turning over in line with public safety, before he winds up his third term as chief executive.

The Lobregat administration initiated the construction and rehabilitation of fire stations since 2006 when the city’s financial condition started to improve. A total of 8 new fire stations were constructed in strategic locations –Quiniput, Guiwan, Boalan, Sta. Catalina, Calarian, Labuan and Sangali. In 2009, the Lobregat administration initiated the rehabilitation of the 75-year old Central Fire Station along Climaco Avenue.

Also during the period 2006-2012, the city purchased 4 fire trucks and facilitated the donation of 2 others by the national government which were immediately granted to reciprocate the city’s  all out support to public safety.

Likewise, the donation of 2 fire trucks by the City Government of Kaohsiung, Taiwan was facilitated by the City through the efforts of the Zamboanga Filipino-Chinese Volunteer Fire Brigade Foundation, Inc.

The local government also continuously grants allowances to complement the capability of the City’s fire fighters.  — Sheila Covarrubias