TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The city government turned over the new Hino fire truck it received from the national government to the Tabuk City Fire Station (BFP-Tabuk) in a ceremony on July 17, 2023.
The turnover was led by Mayor Darwin Estrañero along with Assistant Regional Director for Administration SSupt. Michael Castillo, Provincial Fire Marshall Supt. Arvin A. Aquino, and City Fire Marshal SInsp. Ronald Rivera.
The modern, one-thousand-gallon capacity fire truck is a most welcome addition to BFP-Tabuk’s arsenal as it boosts firefighting capabilities and provides much-needed upgrades to the fire station’s aging equipment.
“With Tabuk being a progressive city, kailangan maganda din ang mga equipment,” Castillo said.
“It will boost the morale of our personnel. Magaan ang pagresponde mo kapag maganda ang equipment mo,” Castillo added as he told BFP-Tabuk personnel to use and maintain the fire truck properly.
In his message, Mayor Estrañero acknowledged that more firetrucks are still needed by the fire station, saying he will try his best to source funding to help upgrade BFP-Tabuk’s facilities.
He also committed the city government’s support for the establishment of a new fire station, saying he has been in talks with the Department of Interior and Local Government to prioritize Tabuk for the program.
The acquisition of new fire trucks is part of the BFP’s ongoing modernization program.
The Hino fire trucks distributed to Tabuk and other local government units reportedly carry 240 HP Euro-4 compliant engines and can discharge 3,000 liters per minute at normal pressure. They also feature a complete set of modern firefighting instruments including personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, firefighting hoses and nozzles, among others.