Mayor: Misamis Oriental town has no fire trucks-A A +A
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
MAYOR Paulino Emano of Tagolaon, Misamis Oriental pressed several issues concerning the fire incident that heavily affected the Timber Wood Development Corporation in Barangay Muhon of said town on Tuesday.
In an interview with Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro on Wednesday, Emano said he will conduct an assessment on the damage of the wood company that might affect the majority of the local workers of his town.
Emano said the assessment will identify the damage incurred by the company and how it will affect his local workers if the operation will be suspended.
“I cannot afford to see them without any means of living to feed their families since the company had become their bread and butter,” Emano said, hoping that the owners of the company will consider his concern.
To prevent fire incidents in his town, Emano urged the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to conduct inspection and assess building conditions thoroughly before issuing permits.
He said the safety of the building lies on the BFP, the reason they must do their job well.
Emano also urged companies and industries in his area to submit themselves for inspection and to re-assess wirings and other equipment for safety purposes.
Likewise, Emano called on the BFP national to take heed on his long-time request to acquire fire trucks.
Emano said his town does not have its own fire truck to respond to emergencies such as fire.
He recalled that when the fire broke out at Timber Wood Development Corporation, most of the fire trucks that responded came from Cagayan de Oro.
“We could have responded earlier if only we had our own fire trucks,” Emano said.
Meanwhile, the Tagoloan Fire Station’s arson investigator placed the damage to properties at P10 million, though Fire Officer 1 Rex Arbuis was thankful there had been no injury reported.
The fire, Arbuis said, started at the booster area of the plant.
“The booster is their burning area so there is a possibility that flying ember might have landed on sawdust thus causing the fire,” he added.
It was also learned that due to several stock pile of timber wood at the plant, it took 12 hours for the firefighters to control it. (With ALR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 16, 2012.