ORMOC CITY-The Organized Rescue and Medical Aid of Ormoc City (ORMOC) expects a shorter response time now that they are equipped with a new rescue truck that arrived recently, said team leader Dominic Eamiguel. Eamiguel said that the new vehicle is used as equipment storage or carrier. Currently, every time there is a call, the rescuers need to manually carry their equipment that are stored at their headquarters. The P2.8 million rescue truck is equipped with hydraulic attachments, three-ton capacity boom, winch, built-in generator set and flood lamps. Responding to emergency and accident calls from nearby municipalities are likewise expected considering that ORMOC rescuers are trained and now equipped with the tools.

The high-end rescue truck is a surplus from Japan that was purchased in Manila and said to be the first in region 8. The finance used in procuring this new unit was taken from the city’s Disaster-Risk Reduction Management fund being part of enhanced capability program. (ELVIE ROMAN ROA)