Val­ley seek­ing ad­di­tional fire truck

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOP STORIES - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

LA TRINIDAD of­fi­cials are seek­ing for ad­di­tional fire truck to ef­fi­ciently re­spond to fire re­lated emer­gency in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

On Tues­day, the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved the res­o­lu­tion re­quest­ing Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) Sec­re­tary Ed­uardo Ano to in­clude the cap­i­tal town of Benguet as one of the re­cip­i­ents of one fire truck.

Vice-Mayor Joey Mar­rero said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has an ex­ist­ing four units of fire truck which were ac­quired and donated as sec­ond­hand trucks.

"While these fire trucks are still func­tional, its ef­fi­ciency is of­ten­times com­pro­mised as it has al­ready out­lived its use­ful life and needs reg­u­lar re­pair and main­te­nance," stated in the res­o­lu­tion.

More than decades now, the fire trucks are still be­ing used in ser­vic­ing fire re­lated

emer­gency sit­u­a­tions within the 16 barangays.

"In time with the ob­ser­vance of Fire Pre­ven­tion Month, and ad­her­ing to the com­mit­ment of the DILG to pro­cure equip­ment and nec­es­sary re­sources to de­liver qual­ity fire pro­tec­tion ser­vices, it is an ap­pro­pri­ate op­por­tu­nity for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to re­quest for as­sis­tance."

Mar­rero also re­quested for the con­struc­tion of sub­sta­tions in the ap­proved res­o­lu­tion.

"Our place is fire prone area be­cause of many struc­tures," said the vice-mayor. The sub­sta­tion is eyed in far ar­eas of Am­biong, Beckel, Lubas and Puguis.

Mu­nic­i­pal Fire Mar­shall Se­nior In­spec­tor Fran­cisco Copes said an ideal ra­tio for fire trucks is 1: 10,000.

Copes said sub­sta­tion in the val­ley are needed for easy ac­cess to far flung ar­eas in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity which re­main as chal­lenge for re­spond­ing fire in­ci­dents with only one fire sta­tion lo­cated in Ca­banao, Balili.

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