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Better fire station service seen with new fire truck

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ILOILO City – With a modern fire truck from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Iloilo City Fire Station is expected to perform well during fire emergencies.

The brand new Rosenbauer fire truck here is one of the two fire trucks given to Western Visayas from the 38 first batch of fire trucks purchased by DILG to further enhance fire protection services nationwide.

The fire truck given here cost P17,500,000. It was acquired through a soft loan from the Austrian government payable in 17 and a half years.

Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 6 Public Information Section head, Insp. Stephen Jardeleza said the other new fire truck will be serving the Bacolod City Fire Station.

On the next batch, BFP Region 6 will get another fire truck for the Roxas City Fire Station in Capiz.

The Rosenbauer fire truck is a 1,000-gallon capacity with a 240 horsepower water-cooled main engine and connected to the water pump via power-take-off (PTO).

It has a seating capacity of seven and can discharge 2,400 liters of water per minute.

The modern fire truck has also a strong water cannon that can push water up to 62 meters horizontally and 24 meters vertically – equivalent to an eight-storey building.

It has two minimum-sized rubber hoses that are very useful for rapid deployment while bigger and longer hoses are being laid out.

These rapid deployment hoses are mounted in the rear portion and can also use chemical fire suppressant that is very useful for chemical fires.

The fire truck has also a complement of different hose sizes including forcible entry tools, and suction hoses. (PIA-6/PN)