Should a major quake set Pandacan oil depot on fire, we lack equipment to fight inferno, says fire protection official

(SPOT.ph) An official of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) told the Senate on Tuesday that the agency lacks equipment to fight an inferno should a major earthquake hit Manila and set the Pandacan oil depot on fire, reports Inquirer.net.

Chief Supt. Victoriano Remedio, BFP director for operations, said they have "very limited" equipment like fire trucks with ladders that can reach high-rise buildings, but they lack other high-end equipment such as helicopters and chemical fire trucks.

Remedio also suggested that the BFP be allowed to handle cases like hazardous material leaks and be provided with the necessary equipment. Inquirer.net quoted him: "Often, the BFP is the one called to respond because there's no other agency that responds to such a situation."

Remedio claimed that the BFP usually raises the need for equipment funds at the Congress annual budget deliberations but they are simply told, "That is not your concern."

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