February 29, 2024

The Bureau of Fire Protection in the Cordillera is pushing for the installation of water tanks in every fire station in the region.

SFO2 Leo Mendoza of BFP-CAR said provincial and municipal fire marshals were directed to coordinate with their local government units and seek their support to fund the project.

Mendoza said having water tanks in every fire station is crucial to ensuring a reliable and immediate water supply especially when they respond to fire incidents. But not all fire stations in the region have water tanks.

“Kailangan kasi natin lalo na kung malayo ‘yung pagsasalukan ng tubig. Hindi kasi lahat ng istasyon ay may tangke ng tubig,” Mendoza said.

In the absence of water tanks, firefighters rely on water refilling stations to replenish their water supply and enable them to respond to fires, Mendoza said.

Through the establishment of water storage tanks in fire stations, quick access to water in case of emergencies is ensured.

“If ever magkaroon ng fire emergency at during that time ay malayo ang pagsasalukan, dun sa fire station na kami magsasalok,” Mendoza said.

He said water tanks are essential especially in areas that are vulnerable to fire such as forests, given the prevailing El Niño and the forthcoming dry season, where more fires usually occur due to dry conditions.

BFP-CAR data showed that fire incidents in 2023 increased to 367 from 289 incidents in 2022. Most of the fire incidents were structural with 168, followed by forest fires – 100, and grass fires – 62. – Debbie E. Gasingan