Valencia City Observes Fire Prevention Month 2017

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Valencia City joined the observance of this year’s Fire Prevention Month with the theme “Bahay at Ari-arian ay Pahalagahan, Ibayong Pag-iingat sa Sunog ay sa Sariling Pamamahay Simulan.”

Personnel from BFP commenced the month-long observance with a motorcade and posting of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials such as tarpaulins and streamers in strategic areas and establishments within the city.

According to FO2 Myra Mission of BFP Valencia, such materials will be helpful to inform the public to stay vigilant and how to prevent fire incidents.

She added that several lined up activities were also conducted such as the “Walk for a Fire-Free and Fire-Safety Nation” and “Takbo Laban sa Sunog” (Fun-Run) in cooperation with the Philippine National Police (PNP), fire aides, students and LGU personnel in this city.

A Series of Fire Safety Inspection was also conducted to the different establishments of this city as well as fire safety awareness campaigns at Buyog Elementary School, Batangan Elementary School, Lumbo Elementary School and Educare Schoolhouse.

A refresher training course to volunteer fire brigades and Fire prevention lectures, Fire drills, pre-fire planning and organized fire brigade at government buildings, schools, commercial buildings, Storage and Industrial Occupancy which includes Parole and Probation Administration, AMA Computer Center, Christian Brotherhood International (INC), City Traffic Management Center, DOLE STANFILCO, Citi Hardware, Oro Grande and Bukidnon Plantation Service Cooperative were also facilitated.

SFO1 Fernando D. Pahilan, OIC of BFP Valencia, emphasized the importance of fire safety and widened the scope of the campaign by radio broadcasting.

According to him a heightened alert status and intensive monitoring of fire-prone areas through fire truck visibility and house to house fire safety information campaign was placed.

BFP reported that from January to March this year, there were 3 fire incidents recorded, two of which happened on March.

Mission said that by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A, the month of March was declared as Fire Prevention Month because of the alarming increase of fire incidents happening across the country during this particular period.

Mission added that the commitment of the agency to save lives and properties is the topmost concern of the Bureau of Fire Protection. She added that prevention is always better than putting out of the fire.

Moreover, BFP-Valencia City is very thankful for support of the Local Government Unit through City Mayor Hon. Azucena P. Huervas, for giving them additional protective gears for the fire personnel and additional manpower to the bureau.

The Culminating Ceremony marks the end of the month-long activity on March 31 which was held at the BFP National Headquarters and to all other BFP fire stations nationwide.

(Jade O. Palasol, AA III and Aron A. Rempohito AA IV – PIO) KDJ