As part of government’s efforts to boost the firefighting capability of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to acquire 76 brand new Rosenbauer firetrucks to upgrade the fire protection services of capital towns and cities and other highly urbanized cities.
The acquisition of new firetrucks was sealed with the signing of the Supply Contract Wednesday afternoon between the DILG and the BFP and officials from Rosenbauer and the Austrian embassy at the DILG NAPOLCOM Center in Quezon City.
Signatories to the contract include DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento, DILG Undersecretary Peter Irving Corvera, BFP Chief Superintendent Rodrigo Abrazaldo, Rosenbauer International Vice President of Sales Mr. Ralph Schmid, and Ms. Lisa Koscak, Commercial Counselor of the Austrian Embassy.
The procurement is already Phase II of an Austrian-Assisted BFP Capability Building Project, under an Official Development Assistance (ODA) with a grant element of 76%. Seventy six (76) Rosenbauer fire trucks were earlier acquired under Phase I of the project and delivered during the time of former Secretary Mar Roxas.
During the contract signing, Sarmiento expressed his gratitude to Rosenbauer International AG and the Austrian government for their continuous support to government’s initiatives to modernize the BFP.
“Thank you so much for your service to us, and to the Filipino people, especially to the BFP,” he told representatives of Rosenbauer and the Austrian government.
“With the new fire trucks at hand and with continuous honing of firefighters’ skills, the BFP will be better equipped to protect our communities from the hazards of fire,” he added.
The Rosenbauer TLF 4000 fire trucks to be purchased under the contract boast of improved features. Considered as one of the finest and top-of-the line brand of fire trucks that can respond to fire incidents in high rise buildings, this firetruck model has a water cannon that can reach at least 62 meters distance horizontally and 24 meters vertically. It has a higher water pump discharge capacity of 2,400 liters per minute with higher engine power that can fully navigate even highly inclined areas with its 240-horsepower engine.
Under the contract, each unit of the firefighting vehicle includes one (1) set of firefighting and rescue equipment, one (1) set of spareparts and comes with a training program for the buyer’s operators and technicians upon delivery.
The units also passed the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources’ standards for the equipment of Euro 4 engines and Euro 4 emission standards.