Davao City’s 911 gets 10 new ambulances

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DAVAO City’s Central 911 got an early Christmas gift from the City Government with the turnover of 10 brand new ambulances during the opening of Pasko Fiesta celebration at the Rizal Park on Monday.

In an interview, Central 911 head Emmanuel Jaldon told reporters that these ambulances are equipped with pre-hospital care equipment, and will be deployed to 911’s three satellite stations in Panacan, Calinan, and Toril.

But Jaldon has yet to determine as to how many units that each of the satellite station will get, but added it will depend on the demand for better and quicker emergency response in their area of responsibility.

“Brand new lahat at operational beginning this very moment,” he said.

Jaldon previously said that Central 911 has 12 operational ambulances, but only eight of them are available for use since the remaining four are undergoing repair. He said they need 15 more to respond effectively to various emergencies.

The units will replace the older ambulances since the city has been spending much for the rising maintenance cost.

The fast-paced development of the city, including vertical and lateral expansions plus the growth in population contributed to the rising demand for emergency needs.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 11, 2013.

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