Guam – Public Safety Committee Chair Senator Adolpho Palacios is calling on the Guam Fire Department to reconsider its decision to move the fire truck formally stationed in Sinajana down to Talafofo.
Acting Guam Fire Chief Mike Uncangco says the unit is a “forestry truck” which is used to fight grass fires. In its place, he said, 2 rescue units have been assigned to the Sinajana fire station.
But Senator Palacios asks Uncangco to “seriously consider returning the unit to the Sinajana Fire Station as that truck is the only GFD vehicle within the central part of Guam with the ability to immediately transport water to burning structures and property.”
Sinajana Vice-Mayor Robert Hoffman and the Mayors of Ordot-Chalan-Pago, Haganta, Mongmong Toto Maitie and Hagatna Heights have also written a letter to Governor Calvo calling for his help in getting the fire truck returned to Sinajana.
In addition, Chief Uncangco said the “suppression capabilities” for central Guam have been assigned to the Barrigada, Piti, Tamuning and Yona fire stations. And there will be no loss in response time, said the Chief.
The fire truck was moved to Talafofo this morning [Tuesday].
Its part of a larger move out of the DNA Building in Hagatna that will see the administrative functions of the Guam Fire Department disbursed to various fire stations throughout the island.
Acting Uncangco says that moving out of the DNA building will save GFD $95,000 dollars annually in rent it currently pays for the space it occupies there.