Fire Trucks Contribute to Disaster Preparedness in Philippines Typhoon Belt
Philippines - Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the first area in the Philippines to be struck by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November 2013, today received a donation of two fire trucks and a variety of fire and rescue equipment from France.
The donation, organized by the French NGO International Emergency Fire Fighters (Pompiers de l’Urgence Internationale or PUI), in partnership with IOM, is designed to support the municipality in its recovery from the devastation wrought by Haiyan.
The donation is accompanied by a return visit from PUI, who intervened in Guiuan in the immediate aftermath of the typhoon. This time, however, their visit is designed to train the Guiuan Bureau of Fire Protection in the use of the new equipment and in advanced fire and rescue techniques, as well as IOM trainers in advanced First Aid training techniques.
Mayor Sheen Gonzalez of Guiuan said: “We are very thankful to PUI and IOM for the donation of the fire trucks and other equipment. Despite the wrath of Yolanda [local name for Haiyan], the Municipality of Guiuan is working diligently for the population in its recovery. This timely donation will assist the local government in improving emergency response capacities.”
“PUI is proud of its work in Guiuan in the aftermath of the typhoon last year, and is happy to have had the opportunity to return here and contribute to Guiuan’s recovery,” said Philippe Besson, President of PUI. “The vehicles and equipment will hopefully serve to protect the population of Guiuan in future emergencies,” he continued.
“Although seemingly small relative to the immense needs in terms of recovery and reconstruction in general, the fire trucks, equipment and trainings will make a major contribution to enhancing the capacity of Guiuan’s first responders, both in terms of everyday fires and accidents, but also in terms of the city’s preparedness in future disasters,” said Marco Boasso, IOM Chief of Mission in the Philippines.