Caap to buy P1.3-B fire trucks

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Monday, February 24, 2014


THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) said on Sunday that it will purchase 41 units of brand new industrial type airport rescue fire fighting vehicles worth P1.3 billion to boost the fire fighting capability of major commercial airports in the country.

This was after the Caap Board of Directors unanimously approved the acquisition of the fire fighting vehicles, said Caap Director General William Hotchkiss III.

He said the government is upgrading fire trucks and other communication equipment and facilities on Caap-run airports to conform to global aviation standards.

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The new fire trucks called Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle (ARFF) complied with an independent international third party certification agency that the product meets and exceeds all National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) international standards for aircraft and rescue fighting, he said.

Caap operates 81 airports with 41 of them handles commercial flights. These commercial airports had an inventory of 97 fire trucks with acquisition date as far as year 1968 with 17 units out of commission due to supply of spare parts limitations.

The working 80 units of fire trucks on Caap inventory had an average year acquisition of 20 years and only in 2013, where three new ARFF were added with 6,000 to 13,000 liter capacity.

Hotchkiss said the deployment of the newly acquired ARFF is part of the upgrading of the Emergency Services Unit of Caap on all major airports in the country in compliance to the ICAO, FAA and the European Union (EU) international standards for aircraft and rescue fighting requirements.

Caap placed the tender for the procurement of 41 units of custom-built ARFF through a competitive bidding; four units of 6x6,12,000 liters water capacity and 37 units of 4x4, 6,000 liters capacity.

The procurement of goods contract was awarded through competitive public bidding to Oshkosh Corporation in the amount of P1.316 billion for the 41 units of ARFF.

Hotchkiss said that with the delivery of the brand new equipment the Caap now is at par with other airports in the region. (SDR/Sunnex)

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