Firefighters extinguishing fire from a burning store in a fire drill simulation in Bocaue, Bulacan
BULACAN, Philippines — Complete with fire alarms and firefighters battling fire, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) conducted a fire drill simulation in Bocaue, Bulacan on Monday (December 3).
The BFP staged a burning store which supposedly exploded due to firecrackers.
Using a firetruck and water, the fires were brought under control.
This was followed by the response of the rescue team to the victims of the incident.
After the drill, BFP and Bulacan-PNP inspected retailers and wholesalers of firecrackers in the country’s fireworks capital.
Authorities checked whether they have business permits and the permit to operate issued by Camp Crame.
They also ensured if there are fire extinguishers inside the stores as well as sand and water drums for extinguishing fires.
BFP chief Leonardo Banago said that the safety of everyone is important.
“Unang unang ipinagbabawal yung paninigarilyo, so dapat diyan no smoking. Yung pagtetesting ng ating mga produkto, diyan kasi madalas nagkakaroon ng insidente ng sunog,” said the chief.
“Dapat i-observe din yung distances ng mga manufacturing site natin at selling display area. Observe din natin yun para maiwasan din natin yun na pagkanagkaroong ng sunog ay walang madadamay na iba,” he said.
“Doon sa mga manufacturer, sundin natin kung ano yung naka-set na mga guidelines. Doon naman sa mga nagtitinda, sundin natin dapat mayroon tayong business permit, at yung tinitinda natin ay naayon doon sa mga nasabing regulation,” said Bulacan-PNP Provincial Director PSSupt Chito Bersaluna.
Although no one has violated the laws, the fire bureau and the police have restated the ban on illegal firecrackers based on Executive Order 28 of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Several vendors are worried about low sales since consumers are now afraid to purchase firecrackers.
“Ngayon po kasi malaki po ang pinagbago ng paputok natin. Marami pong pinagbawal ang ating president, kaya po yung mga seller ng paputok natin bumaba ng konte ngayon,” said Ine Medrano, a fireworks vendor.
In 2017, President Duterte has issued an executive order providing for the regulation and control of the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.
Under this order, fireworks display are allowed only in designated areas in a community and must be under the supervision of a PNP-licensed and trained personnel. — Nestor Torres | UNTV News & Rescue