BFP eyes 7 new fire stations in city

THE BUREAU of Fire and Protection (BFP) XI is putting seven fire stations in the city, especially in the far-flung areas, so they can respond immediately to any fire incident.

Fire Sr. Supt. Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu, BFP regional director, said they are planning to put up additional fire stations in Ulas, Panacan, Tibungco, Lasang, Mandug, Paquibato, and at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).

The regional BFP currently operates 64 fire stations in the region, composed of five provinces. In Davao City, a highly urbanized city and the region’s capital,

there are 12 existing fire stations.

Kwan Tiu admitted that the 12 fire stations in the city are inadequate.

The BFP regional director also revealed that there are two municipalities in the newly-created Davao Occidental that have no fire station.

He said one municipality should have two fire stations.

Kwan Tiu said they are working to have additional sub-stations in those towns.

The regional BFP office is also expecting for seven modern fire trucks, Kwan Tiu told reporters during the launching of the fire command operation center at its headquarters at the corner of Leon Garcia and Monterverde Streets in the city’s Chinatown on Saturday.

During the launching, Department of Interior and Local government (DILG) officer-in-charge Eduardo Año said in his speech that the national government has approved P1 billion as additional budget to buy modern equipment for firelighters, such as the 2,500-gallon trucks and 10 truck ladders.

“So that’s what we can expect for this year on top of the budget that we have set aside to procure additional fire trucks and individual fire protection equipment for firefighters,” the former AFP Chief said.

BFP is an attached agency of the DILG.

“The President wants to enhance the fire capability response of the BFP so there is need that their equipment should be modernized,” Año said.

He revealed that the BFP in Davao region has been “envisioned as the model of what we call a modernized BFP office.”

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