The municipality of Ilog in Negros Occidental gets a fire truck in a Turnover Ceremony held on January 9, 2014 at the BFP National Headquarters in Agham Road, Brgy. Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City.
The Officer-in-Charge himself, CSUPT CARLITO S ROMERO led the ceremonial turnover of key, assisted by Fire Suppression Operations Division Officer-in-Charge and donation focal person CINSP DENNIS A MOLO, to Mr. Eduardo Bondad, municipal accountant of Ilog and representative of Mayor Genaro Rafael Alvarez III.
Mayor Alvarez expressed his gratitude to the DILG and BFP for providing their town a fire truck that will greatly help them in fire suppression. This is a valuable addition to the fire suppression capabilities of the town, Alvarez said, gaining additional protection for the sprawling sugarcane plantations in the area. Ilog has a growing population of about 60,000.
The firetruck was donated to the Bureau of Fire Protection by the Korea Federation of Firefighters’ Association – South Korea. It is a 2,500-gallon Samil pump housed in a KIA chassis, with two sets of Personal Protective Equipment, four hoses, and three hose nozzles. The value of the said equipment is estimated at about 10 million pesos.
At present, there are 556 municipalities in the country without fire trucks. The agency is positive that in the near future, these municipalities will be provided with their own fire trucks equipped with firefighting gear.