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PIA Press Release
2008/08/06

Firemen eyed as traffic deputies for big cities

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (6 August) -- The deputization of members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) as traffic enforcers is only applicable in highly congested areas in the country.

Roxas City Fire Marshall Pancho dela Cruz said that the plan to deputize BFP's firemen as traffic enforcers during emergency situation is practical in areas where traffic is a "big" problem.

Dela Cruz said that with the limited number of firemen, it is impractical to deputize them, especially during emergencies or calamities where their services are most needed.

Instead of utilizing firemen as traffic enforcers, the barangay police instead should be given appropriate capability training and mobilized for said purpose, he said.

He stressed that during emergency and calamity situation here, they are in close coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the barangays for support.

Dela Cruz' reaction came after BFP Director Enrique Linsangan announced recently that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is set to approve the deputization of BFP members as traffic personnel during calamities or emergencies.

Linsangan said that the planned deputization might be approved next week which will initially cover firemen assigned at the National Capital Region.

He said that undisciplined motorists blocking the way of firetrucks responding to emergency situations have been a perennial problem for the agency.

Once the proposal is approved, Linsangan said that firemen can apprehend erring drivers and issue traffic violations receipts to motorists.

He added that firemen can also cite for traffic infractions those drivers who tailgate firetrucks responding to emergencies. (PIA) [top]

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