BFP acquires seven new rescue vans

July 10, 2010 10:32 pm 

MANILA, July 10 – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said Saturday it has acquired seven new rescue vans for use in emergency situations and during disasters.

BFP officials said the brand-new Rescue and Disaster Equipment Vans could make a difference in the delivery of rescue services.

With the impending threat of a similar scenario above, or the possible loss of temper of the La Niña season (not to mention another typhoon with the effects like Ondoy), these modern vans are a welcome addition to the community and the agency that will have command over them, BFP officials said.

The vans are fully equipped with mounted crane, lighting set, power generator and rescue tools and accessories.

Each unit is literally a toolbox-on-wheels. It comes with a specialized crane at the back portion capable of carrying two people up to four-storey building, with a stabilizer system engaging while on use.

This will aid the BFP personnel to respond immediately to medium rise buildings. A towing winch system is also seen at the front bumper.

Telescopic halogen floodlights are placed on top for night operations. A large hydraulic spreader and a hydraulic cutter, aka “jaws of life”, both powered by portable gasoline generators that slide out from each side of the van.

Two 20-feet fiberglass ladders are also placed at the top of the van. Stored in the side panels are standard rescue tools and equipment—protective suits, life jackets, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), rappelling gear, fire extinguishers, pikes and axes, traffic cones, and medical emergency equipment.

All of these are outfitted in an aluminum and steel body propelled by a powerful Hino diesel engine. The van can also be conveniently transformed into a command post at an incident area.

The vehicles have undergone rigorous inspection and testing program, and have satisfactorily met technical requirements set by the BFP.

The units are currently deployed at the Office of the Regional Director (ORD), Region 3; ORD Region 4A; Quezon provincial Office, Region 4A; ORD National Capital Region; Makati City Fire District 3; Quezon City Fire District 5; and National Headquarters Fire Station/ Special Operations Division. They are good to go in case disaster strikes. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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