SBMA beefs up firefighting capability with new firetrucks

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SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) showed its seriousness in keeping people and investments safe in Subic with the acquisition of new, top-of-the-line firetrucks.

The Pierce pumper trucks, together with various firefighting equipment, as well as self-contained breathing apparatus, HAZMAT suits, and repair kits for all types of gas leaks, were acquired to augment the firefighting capability of its Fire Department.

The acquisition of the firetrucks made SBMA the first in the Philippines to own and operate these kinds of custom-built fire engines.

“This is our legacy; this is something we need to do for Subic, especially now in these times of a pandemic,” SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma Eisma stressed during the blessing of the new equipment.

“We would like to showcase Subic as a safe haven for tourists, as a safe haven for investments, and now as a haven safe from fire,” she added.

SBMA Fire Chief Ranny Magno said the brand-new firetrucks were imported directly from Pierce Manufacturing, the Wisconsin, USA-based manufacturer of custom fire and rescue apparatus. which is recognized as the largest producer of firefighting apparatus in the world.

Each truck has a capacity of 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters) of water and 60 gallons (227 liters) of foam, and runs with Cummins ISL9 engine at a top speed of 60 mph (96 kph).

To complement their pumping capability, each fire truck has Class A Type water pumps that can deliver “waterous” supply of water or foam from 100-percent rated capacity at 150 psi net pump pressure, to 50 percent of rated capacity at 250 psi net pump pressure.

The structural-industrial pumper trucks operate on digital technology and meet and comply with international standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the international organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards, Magno added.

The new fire engines arrived from the United States last December 28.

Magno noted that to this day, only the SBMA Fire Department has this kind of custom-built structural/industrial firetruck in the country, a big boost to a firefighting unit that also assists in firefighting operations in communities around the Subic Bay Freeport. “These would make our job easier and allow us to respond more efficiently and effectively 24/7,” Magno added.

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