Celso turns over 1st of 4 fire trucks to BFP PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:13

The first of four fire trucks that the City Government purchased for the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) this year has been formally turned over yesterday reaffirming the city’s commitment to public safety.

Amidst the drizzle yesterday morning, Mayor Celso Lobregat together with Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, members of the City Council and other city officials turned over the pamper fire truck to BFP Regional Director SSupt. Charlito Oseña and District Fire Marshall Supt. Dominador Zabala in simple rites fronting City Hall.

The 3 remaining fire trucks are set to be delivered and turned over middle of June.

The brand new fire truck, purchased at a cost of P5.9M each has a minimum capacity of 3,800 liters or 1,000 gallons of water.  The City spent a total of P23.6M for the four units.

Prior to the turnover yesterday, personnel from the City Fire Department demonstrated on the capacity of the fire fighting equipment.

Oseña and Zabala expressed gratitude and appreciation to Mayor Lobregat and the City Government for the continuous assistance and support in various forms. They both stressed that the city’s assistance that come in the form of fire trucks and other fire fighting equipment, infrastructures, transportation and communication facilities and allowance to BFP personnel boost the agency’s  emergency response services.

Lobregat said the purchase of the fire trucks, which is one of the many projects that he will turnover and unveil before he ends his third term in June 30. “This forms part of our maximum support to the peace and order campaign.”

In the next few days, Lobregat is also set to turn over to the BFP a new Rosenhabauer TLF 400 fire truck which the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) deployed to Zamboanga City in response to the City Government’s all out support to the fire department.

A demonstration on the capabilities of the P17.5M Rosenhabauer fire truck will be set at the Baliwasan grandstand, after which the formal turnover will take place.

The city is also set to turn over to the BFP a newly-constructed sub-fire station in Sangali. The schedule of the inauguration will be set along with the unveiling and turnover of the Sangali barangay hall and health center, according to Lobregat.

“These are proofs of the performance and achievements of the present administration,” Lobregat, who is the incoming District I Representative, added.

Also present during the turnover at City Hall yesterday were Councilors Nonong Guingona, Rudy Lim, Abdurahman Nuno and District II congresswoman-elect Councilor Lilia Nuño, Chief Executive Assistant Mario Roca, BFP personnel and Philippine National Bank Vice President and Mindanao Region head and several others. — Sheila Covarrubias