In line with the modernization program of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), an additional of 120 units of Jiangte fire trucks will be distributed to the different fire stations nationwide.
This is the first time in BFP history to have the biggest fire truck procurement with a total of 469 units, 244 of which are1000 gallons capacity while 225 are 500 gallons capacity that amounted to 2.5 Billions of pesos. The distribution is expected to be completed comes January 2016
At this time, 80 units of 1000 gallons fire trucks were already distributed last August 7, 2015 during the time of the former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas while the second batch of distribution with a total of 120 units of 1000 gallons fire trucks to be graced by DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento will happen on December 3, 2015, 10:00 o’clock in the morning at Camp Vicente Lim parade grounds in Canlubang, Laguna.
Secretary Sarmiento emphasized the significance of acquiring these additional fire trucks of the BFP. “These new firefighting equipment will not only boost the capability of our firefighters, it will also help them to be more effective and efficient in performing their mandated task, similarly these new equipment will also lift the morale of our firefighters because the dilapidated fire trucks will be replaced by the new ones”, he said.
According to BFP Chief, Director Ariel Barayuga, these new additional fire trucks will aid in the filling up of BFP shortages on its assets and will intensify fire suppression capability of the Bureau. With the standard ratio of 1: 28,000, meaning one firetruck manning a twenty eight thousand population and at present with almost 100 million population as of the latest count of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the BFP still needs at least one thousand more firetrucks to achieve the lacking requirement considering that at present there are 2,491 firetrucks being utilized by the BFP all over the Philippines.###
BFP News Release
21 November 2015
Reference: Office of the Public Information Services, BFP-NHQ