New UNTV Firetruck Readies for Fire-prone Month
Manila, Philippines – Concurrent to the onset of the Fire Prevention Month, UNTV readied to dispatch during fire emergencies with its new, state-of-the-art fire truck launched last March 3, 2011.
The new UNTV Firetruck was inaugurated in a parade with the station’s other social service units: UNTV ambulances and News and Rescue Vans, and all fire engines of Anos Research Company, the maker of UNTV’s fire truck unit. The convoy circled the main roads of Metro Manila starting from Quezon City Circle to EDSA, Mall of Asia, Roxas Boulevard, España, Quezon Avenue, and back to the QC Circle.
The newest addition to UNTV’s pool of public services under its advocacy, Isang Araw Lang (Just One Day), the UNTV Firetruck is different from an ordinary fire engine. UNTV Chief Executive Officer Daniel Razon, proponent of the station’s advocacy, designed it to be fully equipped with rescue and medical equipment like the UNTV’s News and Rescue vans.
Angelo Garcia, Sales and Marketing Executive of Anos Research Co., said the 2-engine fire truck is one of the most advanced and described it as a “pump-and-go”.
“Dalawa na po ang makina nyan, may makina na hahatak sa kanya at may makina na para sa pump niya, so pump-and-go po ito, habang tumatakbo po tayo pwedeng bumuga yan ng tubig (It already has two engines, one to keep the truck moving and the other for the pump, so it is a pump-and-go type, while we are on the move, it can already spew out water,” Garcia explained.
While the firetruck can load up to 500 gallons of water, it will not use water to kill the fire but the more effective material called compressed air foam systems (CAFS).
“Kung kaya po patayin ng tubig ang apoy ng mga 30 minutes, sa CAFS po 5 seconds lang mapapatay na natin yan (If water can stop heavy flames in 30 minutes, with CAFS, it will only take 5 seconds),” Garcia added.
The new UNTV Firetruck was also designed to penetrate narrow lanes and congested areas. According to Garcia, its specifications were based on the international standards. – Hazel Chavez-David