The first tranche of fire trucks headed to Cambodia in a deal the government struck with China last year to furnish the country with fire-fighting vehicles for the provinces arrived on Wednesday, the head of the national police force’s fire department said.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng announced the deal for 200 trucks in February and said it would nearly double the current fleet of 210 vehicles, mainly to bolster the severely underserved provinces.
Fire department chief Neth Vantha said the first shipment of 113 trucks arrived from China on Wednesday at the Siha-noukville port. “Those fire trucks will be distributed to some districts in each province throughout the country,” he said.
According to Mr. Vantha’s breakdown, the provinces would be receiving between two and six of the Isuzu trucks each, with the remaining 14 to stay in Phnom Penh.
“The government decided to buy more fire trucks because we don’t have enough trucks, and fire-related incidents have been increasing over the years,” he said.
Mr. Vantha said the rest of the trucks would arrive next year but said he had no idea how much they were costing the government.