Zambo fire district needs more equipment, facilities and personnel

March 16, 2012 9:44 am 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 15 – The Zamboanga City Fire District (ZCFD) of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is in need of more equipment, facilities and personnel to be able to serve better this southern port city.

This was revealed by ZCFD Fire Marshall Supt. Dominador Zabala Jr., who said said they need an additional of at least 33 fire trucks,citing the ideal ratio that one fire truck is for every 28,000 inhabitants or residents.

The profile of Zamboanga City showed that it has a population of 774,407 people as of August 1, 2007, based on the 2007 Census on Population conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO).

The NSO census also showed that Zamboanga City has an annual population growth rate of 3.54 percent.

Zabala disclosed that the ZCFD has a total of 22 fire trucks with 17 water pumper, three special types, and two ambulances.

However, Zabala disclosed that three of the fire trucks are under repair while two of the 17 water pumper and the ladder also need repair.

The standard number of personnel for a fire district like Zamboanga City is 400 but the ZCFD has only some 200 firemen, Zabala revealed.

He said the ZCFD has at present seven fire stations and with seven fire sub-stations located in the different barangays of this city.

Zamboanga City has 98 barangays 37 of which are located in the first congressional district while 61 in the second district.

Zabala said he has already requested the local government to construct four fire sub-stations to be located in the barangays of Labuan and Patalon in the first district and Curuan and Sangali in the second district.

He said Mayor Celso Lobregat has already approved the construction of the two fire sub-stations in the barangays of Labuan and Sangali.

The local government had been assisting the ZCFD “in many ways” that include donation of fire trucks, fuel allocation and other needs of the fire district, he said. (PNA) DCT/RSV/TPG/utb

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