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Mini fire trike: Hot invention

Tagbilaran City (31 March) -- Towns who could not afford expensive fire fighting equipment need to look again at this new Pinoy invention.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has accordingly recommended a mini fire-trike, a fire fighting tool that packs equipment like a 400 liter water tank, pressure pump and a standard hose and adaptor which hooks to a water hydrant.

According to GMA reports, the minifiretruck invention by a Filipino measures 8 ft by 4 ft and is towable by a motorcycle.

First launched in Pasay City's barangay which feature narrow streets and where slipper manufacturing shops abound, the invention proves its usefulness in urban communities with accessibility problems.

Invented by Antonio Andres Sr., the mini-fire truck is also ideal for use in suppressing and stopping fire while it is on its beginning stages.

The Fire Buster is a project that resulted from the call made by BFP Director Enrique Linsangan to all Filipino inventors to invent gadgets and equipments that can be used to combat fire, a qute from PIA website shows.

The Fire Buster's primary purpose is to provide immediate response to fire breakouts and cease the fire while it's still at its primary stage or prevent the fire from getting bigger while waiting for the big fire trucks to arrive, it said.

With population in urban areas now breaching to the road right of way, streets are becoming narrower, hampering the access of standard fire fighting equipment to areas of conflagration.

The new Pinoy invention may also be very ideal for rural areas which are to far flung for the standard fire truick to immediately dispatch.

Inventor Andes Sr. stressed that his invention is also useful not only to urban areas but also to far flung barangays where fire alarm response will be quite late due to its distance from the nearest fire station.

Coastal barangays can also benefit most since they also have narrow streets and usually don't have any fire fighting equipments. The Fire Buster can also suction water source from creek, rivers and sea, reports bared.

In a job where time is of the essence, a faster deployment of capable eqyuipment to keep the fire from spreading out may come in very handy, observers have said. (PIA Bohol) [top]

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