City mayor Rody Duterte has turned over P150 million worth of urban search and rescue vehicles, ambulances, equipment etc. to Davao's 911.
According to Frank Villaroman, head of the Public Safety and Security Command Center, the vehicles (ambulances, fire trucks and motorcycles), equipment, rescue/medical/firemen gadgets and protective suits were all imported from the suppliers of USA 911.
He said Duterte's remark during the blessing of the items and turn over ceremony was "We are investing in the Safety and Security of our city to serve our people well" and so he expressed gratitude to the people of Davao City for the taxes they paid and so forth and so on.
He also told residents to thank the vice mayor and members of the city council for their support and assistance, Villaroman added.
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Here's a news release from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA):
The Davao City Central 911 received around P150-million brand new equipment from the City Government to further enhance its emergency response capability.
Among these equipment sourced from the United States included ambulances (five 4x2, five 4x4), one urban search and rescue (USAR) vehicle, one USAR troop carrier, two firetrucks with a capacity of 2,000 liters, 10 motorcycles, communication equipment, call center equipment, emergency medical services equipment, firefighting equipment and USAR gears.
Among those purchased is the first Hyperspike Acoustic Hailing Device (AHD) in the country which is worth P2-million.
The AHD is a specialized highly-directional speaker designed to focus sound in a narrow beam. AHDs are ideal for crowd control, military and police operations and emergency response.
“See to it that the equipments are in A1 condition” was the stern order of City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte during the turn-over ceremonies held yesterday (November 4) at the Tiongko Football Field in this City.
“This is the sweat of the Dabawenyos, taxpayers money, this is not ours,” Duterte added.
With these equipments, the Mayor declared that no one can beat Davao in terms of preparedness.
Davao City’s Central 911 is the most modern emergency response center in the country. It is one of the three operational 911s in the world next to the United States and Canada.
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