The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) regional office here will beef up its personnel and procure additional equipment for a more efficient firefighting capabilities.
BFP regional director Ariel Barayuga said they are now in the process of recruiting additional personnel that would respond to fire incidents in Central Luzon
Barayuga said the BFP-3 are in need of more than 1,000 additional firefighters to meet the ideal ratio of one fireman per 2,000 residents in the region.
At present, he said there are only 1,250 firefighters in the whole region.
"We are continuously recruiting new firefighters to augment our manpower," Barayuga said as he disclosed that they have 104 new recruits who will undergo training for six months.
Aside from boosting the manpower requirement, he said they are looking into the procurement of additional firetrucks and other equipment.
At present, he said they are awaiting the arrival of three firetrucks which the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has acquired from Vienna.
The purchase is funded by a soft loan from the Austrian government.
"We are really in need of more firetrucks because we still have 13 municipalities in the region that do not have firetruck nor fire station," he said.
He said there are 155 firetrucks in the region wherein some of which were old and outdated.
He also appealed to residents to always inspect electrical connections and liquefied petroleum gas tanks, the usual causes of fire incidents.