Tuesday, January 26, 2016

City Fire Stn requests 2 firetrucks, 
Medic kits, TCEMROT reactivation

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 25 (PIA)— Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Tagbilaran City request for the possible purchase of at least two units, 1000 gallons capacity fire truck. 

City Fire Marshal Fire Senior Inspector Raul Bustalino pleaded for this and eyes the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Funds as source, noting that their disaster response capability is hampered due to logistics problems. 

Moreover, Inspector Bustalino added thatthey also need help in the re-establishment of now defunct Tagbilaran City Emergency Medical and Rescue Operation Team (TCEMROT) as well as the procurement of basic rescue and first aid (medical kits).

As one of the member of the CDRRMC, Tagbilaran City Fire Station is the agency task to lead on the response and rescue and engineering activities in times of national disaster and other related emergencies such as evacuation, search and rescue, provide first aid and medical services, he reasoned out. 

At the joint City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Meeting with the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC), Fire Senior Inspector Raul Bustalino stressed that firefighter to population ratio in Tagbilaran is already is 1:2687 against an ideal 1:2000, their logistics is similarly wanting. 

Bustalino said that at the hint of fire emergency, they only have the six serviceable firetrucks to use.

“Tagbilaran City Fire Station fire trucks were purchased on 1950s, thus majority of them now are in poor condition,” he said. 

“In fact, only three (3) fire trucks are serviceable at present. Being one of the response team in terms of emergency, it is necessary to have a well-equipped and in good working condition firefighting equipment,” the city fire chief added. 

Of the six fire assets they are using for disaster response, only five of them have water tanks; the other one is a boom truck that allows firemen to scale buildings in high rise fire responses. 

One more fire truck, Engine Number 2, Isuzu RA 61 is serviceable but is already set for repair, according to the city fire marshal. 

Two city fire trucks, Engine 5 Mitsubishi tanker and Engine 11 Nissan Condor are now under repair, the later unregistered due to a mix up data at the LTO. 

Engine 10 Land Cruiser, Engine 4 Anos Mini Fire truck, Engine 7 Isuzu VS, and Mazda Ambulance are all unserviceable and are beyond economic repair, Bustalino said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Dead wounded dolphin 
Washes up in Pangdan

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 25 (PIA)—Local authorities recovered a dead bottle-nose dolphin which washed ashore in Pangdan, Jagna, January 22. 

Jagna sits on the south coasts of Bohol which faces Mindanao sea and is facing a major dolphin and whale migration highway, which also has become a habitat for dolphins who have opted to stay for the supply of food available in the area. 

The sea is also heavily fished, plied by commercial sea-traffic and shares with the dolphin and whale watching activities in Panglao and the seas of southern Bohol. 

Police reports quoted by media man Anthony Aniscal bared that on or about 9:30 in the morning of January 22, Jagna Chief of Police Chief Inspector Almirante Bacayo and his companions recovered a dead bottle-nose dolphin in the shores of Pangdan. 

The dolphin, with an over-all length of 2.2 meters and a girth of 37 centimeters had inflicted wounds on its body. 

Most prominent among its wounds is a 3-inch circular wound about 5 inches from its dorsal fin. 

By the nature of the wound, marine mammal rescuers coin the wound to a cookie-cutter shark bite. 

A marine mammal protection advocate, Jesse Acebes said she does not know yet if the wound is the cause of death but knows the wound is inflicted by a 'cookie cutter' shark. 

Cookie cutter sharks leave cookie-bite wounds and usually attack traumatized dolphins.

Also, on the left side of the marine mammal are abrasions, which could be the possible cause of trauma.

Experienced stranding rescuers of the Bohol Rescue Unit for Marine Vertebrates (BRUMV) point out the possibility of a boat propeller hit which caused the abrasion on the left side of the dolphin. 

This however needs to be thoroughly examined to determine the extent of the injury which the animal suffered for it to be weakened enough to present itself as an easy prey for the cookie-cutter sharks. 

Bohal coastal resource management officer Adelfa Salutan, upon looking at the pictures of the dead dolphin declared: “That is a cookie cutter shark's bite. Perhaps this dolphin was already weak and ill before he was ran after and was bitten by the shark. He became weaker that he was looking for an area where to strand.”

While it is rather difficult for the cookie cutter shark to bite a usually agile dolphin, the theory that it must have been hit and was suffering from a trauma would cause it to be easy prey to the shark. 

A dolphin with a trauma would almost always swim belly up, which also presents an easy bite for the cookie cutter. 

With Chief Inspector Bacayo in the recovery were, PO1 Adolfo Jr., NUP Betsy Aceron, Roderick Virtudazo Fish Technician from D.A. and Ronie Jamisola MFARMC. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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