The government on Tuesday officially took receipt of 113 new fire trucks recently arrived from China at a handover ceremony in Phnom Penh, nearly doubling the country’s fleet.
The 6,000-liter-capacity Isuzu trucks were made in China and purchased from KNN Cambodia for $9.9 million in December, Interior Ministry Secretary of State Em Sam An said during the handover on Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich island.
Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said the government had originally planned to buy 70 trucks but was offered a deal by KNN for 113 that was too good to turn down.
“Now we have 241 fire trucks and 559 firefighters throughout the country,” he said, adding that the government planned to purchase 60 more trucks next year.
“I think 200 is not enough…[because] the number of fire-related incidents are rapidly increasing every year,” the spokesman said. “Ideally, we want one fire truck in each village.”