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SBMA acquires 3 top-of-the-line Pierce fire trucks from Wisconsin

SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma (right) and other SBMA officials inspect firefighting tools that were bundled with the new Pierce fire trucks.

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has acquired top-of-the-line Pierce fire trucks to augment the firefighting capability of its fire department.

SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma said the new acquisitions consisted of three pumper trucks bundled with various firefighting equipment, as well as self-contained breathing apparatus, HAZMAT suits, and repair kits for all types of gas leaks.

The brand-new fire trucks were imported directly from Pierce Manufacturing, the Wisconsin, US-based manufacturer of custom fire and rescue apparatus, which is recognized as the largest producer of firefighting apparatus in the world.

The custom-built structural-industrial pumper trucks operate on digital technology and is reportedly the first of its kind in the Philippines.

Eisma said the procurement of new fire engines for the SBMA Fire Department indicated how serious the SBMA is in keeping people and investments safe in Subic.

“This is our legacy; this is something we need to do for Subic, especially now in these times of a pandemic,” Eisma stressed here on Friday 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 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 the top speed of 96 kilometers per hour.

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 new fire engines that arrived from the United States last December 28 meet and comply with international standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Magno added.

Magno noted that to this day, only the SBMA Fire Department has this kind of custom-built structural/industrial fire truck 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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