LAMITAN, Basilan â€” The Malunggay Fire Brigade and the Fire Department of this town became recipients of fire gadgets from the Global Improvement for Tomorrow Inc. (GIFT) a non-government organization based in Tampa, Florida, USA.
GIFT headed by Ray and Vivian Furigay Dudgeon also donated $3,000 to the Malunggay group for the repair of the big fire truck which was earlier donated by the GIFT together with the Penetrator.
The donations also coincided with the birthday of Mayor Roderick Furigay last Saturday, Nov.18, in a simple ceremony at the Fire Department here, even as Mr. Dudgeon stressed that this is only the initial donation of fire gadgets to the Malunggay Fire Brigade and Fire Department as more are coming early next year.
Initially, GIFT donated fire jackets, fire helmets, fire gloves and chemical detector apparatus. Early next year before the celebration of fire prevention month of March, the group is expected to receive fire hoses, fire axe, steel stretchers, fire rescue apparatus and based-station radios.
Prior to the organization of the Malunggay group composed of well-meaning LamiteÃ±o residents chaired by Henry Furigay, this town had only one fire truck owned and operated by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
At present, the Malungay group has already acquired two fire trucks, both throug the donation of GIFT including the old fire truck formerly owned by the Lamitan Jaycees and repaired by the Malunggay Fire Brigade.
This capital town of Basilan Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) under the administration of Mayor Furigay is ready to fight any conflagration in this town and assist the nearby municipalities in case of fire.
Meanwhile, a floating emergency hospital speed boat is now under repair in Zamboanga City for the use of LamiteÃ±os in case of emergency to transport injured or sick person to Zamboanga City especially at night when there are no more vessels making trips to Zamboanga City.
Under the care of the Malunggay group, this speed boat was also donated by GIFT even as the Dudgeons vowed to help more for the benefits of Lamitan. â€” Vic Alvarez