June 4, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The firefighting capabilities of the Bontoc Municipal Fire Station (MFS) were given a boost when they received a brand-new mini pumper truck from the local government.

The LGU purchased and turned over one mini pumper truck to the MFS last June 13 at the Municipal Capitol in support of the programs and mandates of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and to aid in the prevention, mitigation, and response to fire incidents and other emergencies.

Funds used to purchase the P1,795,000 worth mini pumper truck is from the five percent calamity fund of the LGU. The truck has approximately 1,500 liters of water capacity and can navigate steep and narrow roads since the newly procured fire truck is smaller in size compared to the 1000-gallon fire truck delivered last March.

MFS Officer-In-Charge SFO4 Bartolome Cacamo extended his gratitude to the LGU for the provision of a new fire truck which will help the firefighters continually discharge their duties and responsibilities.

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey said attainment of the vision or goal of any agency or government unit boils down to the resources and is founded on a public servants’ attitude, skills, and knowledge.

The mayor lauded the firefighters’ efforts not only in fire prevention and response but also in their response and assistance provided during vehicular traffic accidents and other emergencies.

“I will end my third term with a happy heart because I know that I did my best for the fire department since the municipality initially had only one fire truck thus needing additional fire trucks to improve the municipality’s disaster preparedness and response,” he said.

The blessing and thanksgiving ceremony was attended by Odsey, mayor-elect Jerome Tudlong, Jr., personnel of the Office of the Provincial Fire Director headed by Acting Provincial Fire Director C/Insp. Edison Pino, and representatives of the Municipal Health Office and Bontoc Municipal Police Station. – Christy Mae F. Che-es