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PIA Press Release
2010/03/06

BFP steps up fire safety drive

by RG Alama

Davao City (6 March) -- The onset of a hot and dry summer season aggravated by the El Niño phenomenon is a period conducive for conflagrations.

Thus the Bureau of Fire Protection is intensifying its drive to educate the public on fire safety in the occasion of fire prevention month this March.

Davao city Fire Marshal Chief inspector Carlos Dueñas said that for the first week of March alone, they had receive 10 fire alarms of which five are grass fires while the half are major residential fires.

He said that total damage alone has amounted to more than a million pesos. About 40% of these fires were caused by faulty electrical wirings Duenas said. He said the public should check on their wirings in their residences especially on old structures. He also said warned the public to check on their candles and lamps and not to leave them unattended especially since the region is suffering from rotational brownouts.

The BFP is espousing Fire Prevention measures to be undertaken by the public so as to avoid these destructive calamities. They are distributing leaflets to the public containing relevant information on fire prevention and safety.

Aside from fire safety and prevention, BFP-XI Assistant Regional Director Samuel Miralles said that the BFP has modernized its capabilities with the purchase of new fire trucks and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) containment equipment plus the repair of fire stations across the region. Under its modernization program BFP recently purchased 100 fire trucks which will be distributed to different fire departments and stations nationwide.

In Davao City, the BFP has tapped volunteer barangay fire-fighters to augment their firefighting force. About 30 of these barangay firefighters coming from the downtown areas have been trained by the BFP since 2008. (PIA XI) [top]

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