The outgoing director of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 6 (Western Visayas) stressed the importance of a modernization program to boost the bureau’s firefighting capabilities.
Serving the bureau for thirty years and eight months, Fire Senior Supt. Alan Aladano, who will retire from his post, said the modernization program would address the challenges on lack of equipment faced by fire stations in the region.
“Modernization in the BFP is important. We need to procure more fire trucks and activate more municipal fire stations,” Aladano said in an interview after the testimonial ceremony for his retirement held at the Dinagyang Grandstand here Friday evening.
He said proximity of the fire station to the location of the fire scene is also necessary “because time element in BFP’s response is important to prevent further fire damage.”
Data from BFP-6 shows the absence of a fire station in San Dionisio town in Iloilo province; Isabela and Pulupandan in Negros Occidental; Pan-ay in Capiz; Batan, Banga, Lezo, Madalag, Makato, Malinao, and Nabas in Aklan; and Anini-y, Caluya and Hamtic in Antique.
“But our national headquarters do not cease for our acquisition of fire equipment. From time to time, we have this procurement,” he said.
Meanwhile, Leonard Bañago, BFP Chief Director, assured Western Visayas of the continuous procurement of fire trucks and fire equipment.
In a separate interview, Bañago said procurement of fire equipment is ongoing and 56 fire trucks were already awarded.
“Hopefully, by the end of the year, the 56 first-class fire trucks will be delivered,” he said.
He noted that about 300 municipalities in the country, including those in Western Visayas, still have no fire station.
“Our target is to establish at least 1 fire station in one municipality and it is part of the modernization plan,” he said.
Bañago said that the local government unit must provide for the fire station before it could get funding from the national government. (PNA)
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