The Panamanian government will allocate $5 million to purchasing safety clothing, helmets and breathing apparatus for the Fire Department.
A statement by the Presidency of Panama indicates that"...$2.5 million will be used to purchase coats, pants, caps and gloves; $274.776 for the purchase of fire helmets; $394.990 for the purchase of extinction boots and $1.9 million for the purchase of self-contained breathing equipment."
Through means of a public works trust the state insurer in Costa Rica will raise money in the local market to build two mega fire stations in San Jose.
The Superintendency of Securities has authorized the National Insurance Institute (INS) to create a securitization trust based on future flows to raise the necessary funds to build two mega fire stations for the fire department. The titles will be placed in the local market by the brokerage firm used by the INS.
In Guatemala contracts have been awarded to the companies Iner Group S.A. and Constructoras en consortium S.A. to build municipal fire stations in the western and eastern regions.
With a bid of $2,627,418, the company Iner Group SA won the contract to build the municipal fire station in the west region. Also taking part in the tender was the firm Reinvierte S.A.A, with a proposal for $2,801,598.
Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli earmarked $19 additional million for the country's Firefighting Department.
This department had already been assigned $9.2 million to cover operational costs in 2010.
Martinelli stated that "these resources are for them to have all the equipment, instruments and training they require", reported Prensa.com. He also commented that this Department had historically been the "Government's ugly duck".