The city government has allotted P35 million for theÂ acquisition of firetrucks and firefighting equipment to replace the current outdated vehicles and gear of the Tagbilaran City Fire Station.
Tagbilaran City fire marshal Senior Insp. Raul BustaliÃ±o told DYRD Balita that the amount has been earmarked for the purchase of the two 1000-gallon capacityÂ firetrucks, two ambulances and a rescue boom truck.
BustaliÃ±o said that the allocated sum is from funds of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
The acquisition is now in the process of bidding, he added.
According to BustaliÃ±o, the initiative started after the Tagbilaran City Bureau of Fire Protection appealed to city Mayor John Geesnell Yap to have their outdated gear replaced.
The fire marshal admitted that current equipment and vehicles are not capable of conducting long operations due to wear and tear as some of these are decades-old.
Previously, BustaliÃ±o bared thatÂ some of their current equipment have been used since the 1960s.
The Tagbilaran City Fire Station currently has four firetrucks, but two of these are unusable due to repairs.
To augment the city fire stationâ€™s personnel, the city government has also revived the Tagbilaran City Emergency and Medical Rescue Operation Team. (Rey Tutas)
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