Modernization plan seen to boost performance of BFP

Maris Federez   •   July 28, 2020   •   804

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) on Tuesday, July 28, said it is looking forward to the planned modernization of the agency as mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte in his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

In a phone interview, BFP Director Jose Embang, Jr admitted that the agency is now being left behind as compared with the other fire departments in other countries.

Embang said that what they need to be on par with other countries in meeting and maintaining international standards is additional personnel, as well as equipment, training, and salary increase.

He said what the President mentioned in his SONA will be a great help to the agency.

“Ngayon lang nagkaroon, nabanggit ng isang Pangulo na dalawang beses ang modernization ng Bureau of Fire since last year, nabanggit n’ya na ‘yan, tapos ngayong nabanggit na naman n’ya. Given by the fact siguro na s’ya ay naging mayor sa Davao ng ilang dekada at nakita n’ya ang importance ng isang fire department sa isang bayan,” Embang said.

He added that the agency has only around 29,000 personnel nationwide and what they need is double that number.

He said that to be able to recruit the additional 30,000 personnel, they have to offer a more competitive salary.

He explained that more than being firefighters, the BFP is also among the first to respond to rescue operations during disasters and emergencies.

“Ini-ensure n’ya na ang lahat ng tao na nakatira sa mga establishment ay safe from destructive fires, isa lang ‘yun, prevention,” he said.

The BFP is also a support group to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in national emergencies and in fighting terrorism.

“Sini-secure n’ya ‘yung mga taong affected ng isang emergency bago ‘yung investigation, bago dumating ‘yung iba-ibang mga unit,” Embang said.

To perform these things, Embang said, the BFP would need equipment such as additional fire trucks, ladders, platforms, ambulances, rescue trucks, and hazardous materials trucks.

“Importanteng-importante po ‘yang hazardous materials truck, kasi ‘yan po ‘yung nagre responde sa mga chemical spill, sa mga bio kagaya ng COVID, sa mga radiological incident, ‘yan po ‘yung hazardous materials na tinatawag,” the BFP official further explained.

The agency is also planning to procure choppers to be used in transporting victims from high-rise buildings or forest fires, as well as rescue boats, and drones. — (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

Mag-lola patay sa sunog sa Mandaluyong City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 18, 2021

Patay ang mag-lola sa sunog sa Barangay Addition Hills sa Mandaluyong City madaling araw ng Huwebes, ika-18 ng Pebrero.

Nabulabog ang mga residente ng Block 39, Barangay Addition Hills nang sumiklab ang apoy sa isang bahay pasado alas-12 ng madaling araw.

Batay sa ulat ng Bureau of Fire Protection, dalawang bahay ang naapektuhan ng sunog na umabot sa first alarm. Agad ring naapula ang sunog matapos ang isang oras.

Ngunit kinumpirma ng BFP na dalawang indibiduwal ang nasawi matapos maipit sa loob ng nasunog na bahay. Kinilala ang mga biktima na sina Pacita Lamac, 55-taong gulang, at apo nitong si Althea Monique Salumbides, 13-taong gulang.

Ayon kay Barangay Captain Carlito Cernal, nasa third floor ang mag-lola nang sumiklab ang apoy sa katabing bahay nito na unang nasunog. Gawa sa light materials ang bahay ng pamilya Lamac kaya mabilis na kumalat ang apoy.

“Sadly, hindi nakalabas kasi ang sabi doon sa mga nakakakilala sa pamilya na ang ibang hagdanan masikip din, at iyon nga mabilis ang apoy kasi nga puro light materials ang kanilang tinitirhan,” aniya.

Wala nang iba pang napaulat na nasugatan sa insidente. Inaalam pa ng BFP ang sanhi ng sunog bagaman nakita umano ng ilang residente na may usok mula sa likuran ng isa sa mga apektadong bahay.

Kasalukuyan nang tinutulungan ng lokal na pamahalaan ang nasa 10 pamilyang naapektuhan ng sunog. (Ulat ni Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Ilang bahagi ng munisipyo sa Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro nasunog

Robie de Guzman   •   February 9, 2021

Nasunog ang ilang bahagi ng munisipyo ng Pinamalayan sa Oriental Mindoro pasado alas-dos ng madaling araw ng Martes.

Ayon sa Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Pinamalayan, umabot sa ikalawang alarma ang sunog at tumagal ng tatlong oras bago tuluyang naapula ang apoy.

Sa laki ng sunog, sinabi ng BFP na kinailangan nila ang tulong ng iba pang kawani ng ahensiya mula sa mga kalapit na bayan ng Socorro, Pola, Gloria, Bansud, at Bongabong.

“Pagka ito lang ating Bureau of Fire and Protection-Pinamalayan lang ay hindi po kakayanin kasi kalat po yung apoy niya. Nag-start po dine sa may Treasurer’s Office ngayon po ay nag dire-diretso gawa po ng mga papel nga po,” ang pahayag ni SF04 Benjamin Navarro, hepe ng BFP-Pinamalayan.

Aniya, bagama’t yari sa semento ang gusali ay kahoy naman ang flooring nito kaya mabilis na kumalat ang apoy.

Kasama sa mga nasunog ang opisina ng Municipal Treasury, Municipal Assesor’s Office, DTI at opisina ng Bids and Awards Committee.

Naisalba naman ang ilang mahahalagang dokumento mula sa mga nasunog na tanggapan.

Inaalam na ng mga otoridad ang posibleng sanhi ng sunog at ang halaga ng iniwan nitong pinsala. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspendent Jerickson Buñag)

2 dead, over 20 hospitalized due to ammonia leak at Navotas ice plant

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 4, 2021

NAVOTAS, Philippines—Two people have died while over 20 others are still recovering after being exposed to an ammonia leak at an ice plant in Navotas City on Wednesday evening (February 3).

Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco, in a tweet, confirmed the identity of the second casualty. The body of Joselito Jazareno, 54, was found on Thursday (February 4). Jazareno worked as an electrician at T.P. Marcelo Ice Plant.

The first reported casualty, Gilbert Tiangco, passed away on Wednesday.

Out of 99 individuals that were rushed to the hospital, only 26 are still recovering at the Philippine General Hospital.  

Tiangco also said the company vowed to provide assistance to the victims of the incident.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is looking into the possible cause of the leak. One possible cause, according to BFP-NCR Director FCSupt. Gilbert Dolot, is high pressure from welding activities which triggered the explosion of an ammonia-filled nurse tank at the ice plant.

However, Dolot said the BFP cannot fully conduct an investigation yet since its personnel cannot enter the premises due to high toxicity.

“Our team cannot do the investigation right away now sa ating site dahil malakas pa iyong level ng toxicity ng ammonia,” he said.

He assured that the BFP will immediately begin investigation once the area is safe. AAC

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