By PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
Three local government units in Negros Occidental have inactive fire stations because they still do not have fire trucks, the Bureau of Fire Protection said.
Supt. Fred Trajeras, provincial fire marshal, said these towns are Pulupandan, Valladolid and Don Salvador Benidicto.
Trajeras also said the BFP in Negros Occidental is undermanned with only 226 personnel to man 28 fire stations.
“I am planning to rationalize (our operations) by assigning only four officers to fire trucks instead of the ideal seven,” he said.
Trajeras also said the towns of Ilog and Cauayan will receive brand new tanker fire trucks, a donation of the South Korean government.
Candoni has already received its own fire truck.
The official turn-over is scheduled today at Traders Hotel in Manila where the mayors of the two towns will be present to receive the units.
Trajeras said the new fire trucks have a 20,000-liter water capacity.
“This would surely boost our fire fighting capability as it could be used against big conflagrations,” he added.
The donation, he said, is being facilitated by Maj.Dennis Molo, a Negrense officer of BFP currently assigned at the national headquarters.
This is just an initial donation, the next would be ambulance units, Trajeras added.