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Poor equipment? Masbate firefighters’ capability questioned

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Are government firefighters in Masbate City ill-equipped to respond to fires?

This appears to be the claim of the Media Community Development Broadcasting Network (MCDBN)- Masbate in a report posted on their Facebook page over the weekend.

According to the observations made by MCDBN during the local Bureau of Fire Protection’s (BFP) response to a residential area blaze last Tuesday, October 4, the equipment used by the firemen were allegedly “decrepit”.

This included water hoses that were riddled with holes.

“Mukhang hindi handa sa laban ang Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) sa lungsod ng Masbate dahil despalinghado ang kanilang mga kagamitan kabilang na dito ang mga butas-butas na mga hose kung saan inabot ng mahigit 2-oras bago maapula ang apoy na nagmula sa ika-dalawang palapag ng gusali na naganap sa Mabini Street. Brgy. JT Fernandez, Masbate City, noong Oktubre 4, 2016,” the post read.

If such assessment is accurate, then it could prove worrisome for city folk as the upcoming holiday season always carry increased risk of fires.

Masbate BFP Central Fire Marshal Inspector Francis Castillo said the two-hour blaze last week resulted in damages to property amounting to P555,000. Fortunately, no casualties were reported.

An overheated electric mosquito swatter which was plugged to a wall socket reportedly triggered the fire.