Makati Gets New Firefighting Equipment

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Makati Gets New Firefighting Equipment


The Makati City government yesterday granted the request of its firefighting team for additional equipment and other paraphernalia to modernize the city's firefighting operations. Makati City Fire Marshal Ricardo Perdigon said that their request for additional fire trucks, Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs), and breathing apparatus was approved after several fire incidents hit the city claiming lives and properties amounting to P2.4 million last year. "Nag-order na ng trucks ang local government at may additional pang walo. Sa ngayon, tatlong trucks na ang dumating at ginagamit na (The local government has ordered trucks and there's an additional eight more. As of now, three trucks have arrived and are functioning already)," Perdigon said. He said that the fire fighting team is planning to allot one fire truck each for the 33 barangays in the city to speed up the response and rescue operations. Perdigon's team is expecting this year two TICs, a hand-held device that allows the fire fighters to see areas of heat through darkness, smoke, or heat-permeable barriers by rendering infrared radiation as visible light. The local government also purchased 64 breathing apparatus to provide fire fighters with breathable air during fire operations. Perdigon explained that the budget for the equipment came from 20 percent of the total fire code fees, which are derived from four areas - fire prevention, fire suppression, intelligence investigation, and medical services. …

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