The local Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said Thursday that it is supporting a proposed Puerto Princesa City Council resolution that seeks the installation of additional fire hydrants in strategic locations within the urban area.
BFP city fire marshal Chief Inspector Nilo Caabay told Palawan News that they appreciate the initiative of the City Council to help them render better service to the public.
“Ang beneficiaries n’yan number one ay community, pangalawa kami [sa BFP] kasi kami po ‘yong gumagamit niyan. Kami naman ay nagpapasalamat na nakikita ‘yong kakulangan ng opisina,” said Caabay.
Approved by the City Council on its second reading, proposed Resolution No. 455-2018 authored by councilor Jimmy Carbonell, chair of the peace and order and public safety committee, is requesting the Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD) and the BFP to install the additional fire hydrants.
Caabay said there are currently 108 functional fire hydrants installed within the integral parts of Puerto Princesa.
He noted more hydrants are needed to handle the growing population of the city.
“Malaking bagay para sa amin ‘yan na mas magiging accessible ‘yong mga areas ng buong Puerto Princesa. In case na magkaroon ng emergency mas magiging madali sa amin ang makakuha sa resources ng tubig. Kasi kapag kami ay lalayo pa, magmi-minimum ‘yan of 30 minutes before kami makakabalik sa pag-iigib,” said Caabay.
Caabay further noted the BFP is presently working hand-in-hand with the City Council in mapping the strategic locations where the additional hydrants can be installed.