Chief Insp. Arnulfo Sayson, Dumaguete City fire marshal, yesterday lamented the delayed arrival of the water tanker of the city government at the fire scene Tuesday.
He said the water tanker arrived about an hour and a half later as fire trucks from the Dumaguete fire station, nearby towns and private volunteer groups were battling the blaze in Barangay Daro, that started at around 3:25 a.m. Tuesday, destroyed two boarding houses and injuring two student boarders.
Sayson said the water tanker arrived when the fire was already under control, adding that he learned there was no driver available for the tanker.
Sayson said he will recommend to the city government that volunteers assigned to man the water tanker will be allowed to spend the night at the city fire station, for easy access and faster response.
The water tanker can ensure an uninterrupted supply of water for the fire trucks so they will not have to travel back and forth to the nearest fire hydrant.
He added that volunteers assigned to the water tanker are not expected to help in the firefighting since they are not trained.*JFP
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