THE Makati City government has acquired new heavy response vehicles, including a ladder fire truck that is capable of reaching a 20-storey building – a first in the Philippines.
In a ceremony on Monday, Makati Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr. turned over to the city’s different response units the 11 new ambulances, one ladder fire truck, one super tanker fire truck, two amphibious vehicles and a deployable command center.
Liza Velle Ramos, research and planning division head of the Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) office, said the ladder truck and super tanker were made in Germany and Austria respectively.
The ladder truck was bought for P85 million, while the super tanker which has a capacity of 10,000 liters of water cost P38 million.
“It’s been one of the priority projects of the city to have a modern fire truck which can respond to fires in high-rise buildings in Makati,” Ramos said.
Of the 11 ambulances, two were for Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and five for Basic Life Support (BLS).
The deployable command center is a stand-alone command center that can be erected anywhere near the site of a disaster. It can function as a mirror command center in case the permanent command center is destroyed. It is equipped with the necessary communications tools.
Peña said the procurement of the equipment is part of the city’s continuing commitment to modernize and enhance the capability of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and other public safety services.
“We want to have more modern and useful equipment like ambulances, fire trucks with higher ladders and more rescue equipment,” Peña said. “With the ladder fire truck, Makati will be able to respond to high-rise fires not only in the city, but also in other areas in the metropolis.”
Peña promised to transform the city’s old Youth Center Building into the first disaster management building in Makati.