Lawmaker to lobby again for more modern firetrucks

A LAWMAKER is planning to pass a resolution requesting the Office of the President to allocate funds to purchase modern firetrucks for the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) of the city.

Councilor Bernard Al-ag, chairperson of the city council’s committee on rules, privileges, laws and ordinances, told TIMES that the request is for the BFP-Davao to be provided with new firetrucks as most of its service vehicles are no longer serviceable.

He said majority of the firetrucks are already dilapidated, adding that some of them have been in running for more than 30 years.

“In Toril if there’s a fire, the BFP firetrucks will overheat on the way there. They cannot respond well,” he said. “It’s good we have NGOs (non-government organizations), volunteer fire brigades from the business sector that can respond promptly to emergencies.”

Al-ag noted this would be the second attempt to ask from the national government for new firetrucks as he had previously lobbied to the Department of Internal and Local Government (DILG) main office during the 17th City Council.

“We requested the DILG national to issue new firetrucks for Davao City Bureau of Fire Protection. I think only one was issued, which is now in Bangoy (fire station),” he said.

He clarified, however, that the firetrucks of the city government under the Central 911 are all modern and are in good condition.

The lawmaker said there is a need to modernize the government’s public infrastructure and equipment, particularly those that are being used to respond to emergencies.

“Right now, the private sector is very busy modernizing their buildings, and the government must do its own share. We should also modernize our service,” he said.

Meanwhile, the committee chair also asked the BFP XI to submit a report on the number and the status of their firetrucks. Currently, there are 18 firetrucks under BFP XI designated in the different areas of the city.

These are all in the fire stations of Panacan, Calinan, Cabantian, Bunawan, Buhangin, Mintal, Toril, Talomo, Bangoy, Bucana SIR, and in Davao Central Fire Station.

However, four of these firetrucks are already mothballed: one in Panancan Fire Station, one in Cabantian Fire Station, and two firetrucks under the Toril Fire Station.

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