BFP Donates 2 New Modern Fire Trucks to Marikina
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has provided the Marikina city government with two modern pumper fire trucks on Monday. This donation aims to strengthen the firefighting capabilities of the city and further ensure the safety of the public. The city's mayor, Marcelino Teodoro, received the 1,000-gallon capacity fire trucks from DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr., Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, and BFP Chief Fire Director Louie Puracan during a ceremony at the BFP national headquarters in Quezon City.
With the addition of the two modern pumper fire trucks, BFP-Marikina's firefighting assets have increased to seven. Mayor Teodoro emphasized the significance of collaboration between the national government and the local government to streamline the delivery of services to the people. The mayor added that the city government will capacitate BFP personnel assigned from the BFP through training, improve their stations' setup, and complement the national government's efforts.
Supt. Nestor Gorio, Marikina fire marshal, revealed that the city currently has five firefighting assets, including three pumper fire trucks, one ladder fire truck, and one rescue fire truck. The BFP-Marikina personnel who will operate the new fire trucks will undergo training. During the turnover ceremony, a total of 74 1,000-gallon fire trucks were distributed to cities and municipalities nationwide to achieve the BFP's vision of a modern fire service capable of ensuring a fire-safe nation by 2034.
DILG Secretary Abalos commended the BFP for procuring 222 units of fire trucks in 2022, which will be delivered this June. He also urged the BFP to coordinate with local government units to establish more fire stations by means of usufruct. He acknowledged the need to fill in 1,201 fire trucks to achieve the ideal fire trucks to population ratio.
Mayor Teodoro expressed his gratitude to the DILG and the BFP for the new modern fire trucks, recognizing their importance in ensuring public safety. The additional firefighting assets will increase the capacity of every fire station in Marikina. The mayor emphasized that when the national and local governments collaborate, they can better provide the services that the citizens need, ensuring public safety.