Construction of fire stations in all towns ordered

ALL towns and cities in Pangasinan will soon have a fully equipped standard fire station.

This was confirmed by F/Inspector Richard Santillan, information officer of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Pangasinan, who told the KBP Forum last week that fire stations are currently being constructed in towns that don’t have them.

He said President Duterte had ordered that all towns and cities must have their own fire station equipped with necessary fire fighting units before his term is over.

“Every municipality and city will have at least one fire station and one fire truck,” Santillan said.

He also announced that BFP is recruiting new firemen with the rank of Fire Officer 1 to man the new fire stations.

He said Congress finally approved the budget for the construction of fire stations and purchase of fire trucks.

San Jacinto town is the first to have its new edifice.

Santillan said most of the construction of stations are mostly in the eastern part of Pangasinan.

In an earlier interview, F/Chief Inspector Arthur Sawate, provincial fire marshal, said at least 11 towns in Pangasinan have no fire stations.

These are Urbiztondo, San Jacinto, Alcala, Bautista, Sto. Tomas, Aguilar, Labrador, Burgos, Mabini, Basista and Infanta although Aguilar, Labrador, Bautista, Urbiztondo and Infanta already have their fire trucks.

Santillan said funds for the construction are sourced from Fire Code Fees Collection.

“Republic Act 9154 or the Fire Code of the Philippines stipulates that 80 percent of the Fire Code Fees goes to the BFP while 20 percent to LGU,” he said.

The 80 percent share is what the BFP utilizes to construct new fire station, buy equipment and personal protective equipment of the agency, he added. (Eva Visperas)

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