BFP eyes modernization of fire stations in region

There are many fire stations in the region that need renovation, most of them even falling under the fire hazard category.

Speaking at the AFP-PNP press briefing held at Royal Mandaya Hotel on Wednesday, Fire Sr. Supt Rico Neil Kwan Tiu, director of BFP XI, bared that many fire stations are falling into disrepair.

“We are (responsible) for the implementation of fire safety especially with provisions of the fire code but our fire stations are also part of establishments that are subject for inspection especially those fire stations that can easily burn,” Tiu said.

“Just like the one along Ponciano street which is made of wood, we can’t just renovate it because it has historical value being the first fire station in the city,” he said, adding that they are still looking at how its façade can be preserved.

In provincial fire stations, there are make-shift fire stations originally meant as a parking area, bus terminal or motor pool.

Tiu said the BFP national headquarters already has its own architectural design of a fire station.
This design is estimated to cost P7 million to 11 million, depending on the size of the building.

There were 12 new fire stations that were built in 2016 to 2017 in the Davao region.

He said BFP has also coordinated with the local government units and private entities for a deed of donation of lots because they are not allowed to buy for construction of new fire stations.

“There are (fire stations) that are already finished and there are five stations that are being renovated out of the 12. They have also blacklisted two contractors that failed to meet the requirements of the job.

“Soon, all the fire stations will have the same structure just like the stations of the PNP,” he added.

“We are not allowed to demolish so we have allotted P3.5 million for major repairs, just like in Bansalan.”

At least 45 new fire stations are constructed across the country for the year 2017.

Tiu also reiterated the statement of the Department and Interior Local Government DILG) Officer-in-charge Eduardo Ano, that the office of the President has approved P1 billion pesos purely for modernization of BFP.

He said the President approved it in January this year.

“The P1 billion pesos is purely for the modernization of the equipment not necessarily buying fire trucks but also the breathing apparatus, fire coats, boots and other equipment,” he added.

“The BFP has the money to purchase fire trucks, in fact around five ladders are about to be procured and distributed in the Davao region,” Tiu said.

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