PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte received several purpose-built Isuzu firetrucks at the turnover ceremonies for the vehicles to the Bureau of Fire Protection recently.
The president practically endorsed the brand when he said that up to now, when he is back in Davao, he “drives his Isuzu pick up.”
“Hanggang ngayon, pag-uwi ko sa Davao, yung pickup ko na Isuzu ang hinahanap ko,” Duterte said as he received 74 customized Isuzu fire trucks for the BFP. He also said that all his other vehicles back home Isuzu. Duterte is a D-Max and mu-X owner.
Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) along with the President and select members of his cabinet shook hands with IPC’s President Hajime Koso and Isuzu Motors Limited, Japan (IML) General Manager Koichi Ito. Hajime and Ito personally turned over the units last February 11 to fulfill Isuzu’s part in the government’s Fire Prevention Modernization Program.
“I hope that with these fire trucks, the BFP will be more capable and effective in ensuring the safety of our community and industry. I am confident that with the BFP’s leadership, we can further boost people’s confidence in their government and create an environment where our people can live and work in peace,” Duterte said in his speech.
The turnover is part of a total 250 brand-new trucks that the BFP procured from Isuzu and will be distributed to different LGUs nationwide.
This first batch includes, 54 units of Isuzu FVR34 trucks with body and equipment built by Korean fire-fighting equipment manufacturer Hanseo. The 16-ton truck can carry 1,000 gallons of water. It uses a diesel engine that can produce up to 240 PS power and 706 N-m torque.
The remaining 20 units are Isuzu CYZ52 trucks installed with body and equipment by Nanomedics. These can carry a total 2,500 gallons of water and is powered by a Euro-V compliant, direct injection common rail diesel powerplant with 420 PS of power and 1,863 N-m torque.
“IPC, and the Isuzu brand in general, has always been on a mission to contribute to the society by providing the most durable, reliable trucks—may it be for building bridges, airports, and this time in protecting the community against fire. With the recent country situation—the big fire in the metro, ashfall and cleaning operations in Calabarzon and of course the upcoming Fire Prevention Month, we feel that these trucks may be in the right timing, as BFP now more than ever needs to continue to protect and serve the country against fire and other calamities,” Koso said.
“Isuzu has always been supportive of providing the best vehicles to the society. In Japan in particular, you will see a lot of private and government trucks produced by Isuzu, like these fire trucks and just recently high-performance ambulances for the recent virus prevention, which is why we are very happy that the Philippines is doing the same,” Ito who flew in from Japan to witness the turnover remarked.
The government’s Fire Protection Modernization Program aims to hire more qualified firefighters, provide intensive trainings, and acquire modern fire truck and equipment.