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PIA Press Release
2010/03/25

BFP Sorsogon City to embark on 'TXTFIRE' Philippines

by BA Recebido, MB Dollente and LG Funtanares

Sorsogon City (March 25) -- The Bureau of Fire protection (BFP) Sorsogon City will be launching on Saturday, March 27, the "TXTFIRE" Philippines at the Central Fire Station, this city.

Personnel coming from the Sorsogon City Central Fire Station and its two sub-stations together with the Sorsogon Fil-Chinese Volunteer Fire Brigade headed by its founder, Gerry Chua, participated to the said launching.

Sorsogon City Fire Marshal Chief Inspector Renato B. Marcial said the TXTFIRE Philippines is an very active firefighting organization that originated from Binondo, Manila.

TXTFIRE is an SMS dispatch system whose primary task is to inform the public particularly the responders on the latest news and ongoing fire alerts and incidences.

"What they have to do is to specify via their text messages relevant information such as the location, time and status of fire and send it to our txtfire hotlines," Marcial said.

BFP Hotline for Sorsogon City is 09184390852, while 09099152075 for Bacon District sub-station and 09099152098 for Abuyog sub-station.

"Txtfire has the right to filter messages that is sent within the system and the organization abides by the rules and regulations set by the system's administrator. If fire incident occurs in the area, the operator will dispatch the nearest firefighter to the fire scene," Marcial explained.

"I also directed all my personnel to join the Txtfire Philippines organization for them to be aware of the fire incidents here as well as in the whole Philippines," he further said.

Meanwhile, fire volunteer in the Philippines are now eligible to apply for a txtfire firefighter card and grouptxt for their own fire brigade group for free. They only need to accomplish the forms downloadable at www.txtfire.net. All application forms must be sent to Café Mezzanine 650 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila. (BFP Sorsogon/PIA SIC) [top]

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