Oro recipient of a P7-M fire truck

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


THE City Government became a recipient of one of the 78 Austrian-made Rosenbauer fire trucks obtained through the “no-overpricing policy of the Aquino administration.”

“The purchase of the fire trucks was made possible because the government chose not to overprice,” City Mayor Oscar Moreno said.

“If dili kita mag overprice, we can afford the best of them. This is an example of how the government spends funds in the most judicious way,” he added.

Because there was no overpricing, President Aquino and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Mar Roxas had really invested in the unit, and they were able to buy the Rosenbauers, Moreno said.

“Never before has the government afforded to buy the Rosenbauers because they are too expensive,” he said.

In a news report, Roxas said the unit cost per Rosenbauer fire truck is around P7 million.

Roxas said the imported fire trucks are cheaper than the locally-assembled ones, which cost between P8 to P9.9 million per unit.

No ordinary fire truck

On Monday, City Mayor Oscar Moreno formally turned the Rosenbauer fire truck to City Fire Marshall Shirley Teleron.

Teleron said the new fire engine is more superior to the old firefighting units.

“This fire truck (Rosenbauer) is not like the ordinary fire truck we have at present. This has added capabilities that can suppress fire efficiently,” Teleron said.

She said the truck’s water tank does not rust because it is made of reinforced fiber glass and is 35 percent lighter than the ordinary tank with a load capacity of 1,000 gallons of water.

With 240 horsepower, the Rosebauer’s Man engine is capable of hurdling elevated roads with ease.

“It has a seven-seater capacity air-conditioned cabin, so our firefighters are safe inside rather than the conventional way of just clinging on bars outside the fire truck,” Teleron added.

One of truck’s special features is the powerful water cannon mounted on its top, which can fire to at least 62 meters distance horizontally and 24 meters vertically or equivalent to an eight-story building.

“It (water cannon) is capable of discharging 2,400 liters of water per minute, three times the capacity of our present fire trucks,” Teleron said.

Aside from the water cannon, the Rosebauer is equipped with two smaller houses called the Quick Response Suppression or Rapid Intervention Hoses that can be pulled out easily from the side compartment. The truck also has two ordinary hoses.

“All in all, this fire truck alone has a total of five fire suppressing weapons that can be used simultaneously, to put fire out rapidly and efficiently,” she added.

More collections needed

Now that the city has acquired a state-of-the-art fire truck, Moreno said the local government unit and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) must work hand in hand to increase the collection of building inspection fees.

Under the law, the portion of the amount the inspection team collects at local level goes to the BFP national level, and a part of it is brought back to the local level to help in upgrading of firefighting equipment, manpower and others.

“It’s important that if there is diligence in collection of inspection fees, as we will reap plenty of benefits,” Moreno said.

“The more inspections we make, the bigger the fees are collected, and the bigger the collection is, the more we can provide for the BFP both at the national and local levels,” he added.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 26, 2014.

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