A final fire demonstration at the main streets of Dumaguete City capped the celebration of March as Fire Prevention Month, as initiated by the Bureau of Fire Protection, headed by fire marshal Arnuldo Sayson.
It was participated in by volunteer fire brigades, like the Filipino-Chinese volunteer fire brigade, Silliman fire brigade, 348 volunteers, One Rescue, and the Philippine National Police, among others.
Sayson said the fire drill was sort of educating the public about fire safety consciousness while at the same time showing the fire fighting capability of the city's fire fighters, and rescue capabilities from high rise buildings.
New-acquired apparatus of the fire department were also tested, to include the nine self-contained breathing, or SCB, apparatus, six of them donated by the Filipino-Chinese volunteer fire brigade. With the SCB, a fireman can penetrate the building even with heavy smoke inside.
Records show that for March, the city fire department has responded to 28 fires, 16 of those grass fires, including at least five incidents of sugarcane field burning in Bajumpandan. The rest were electrical and structural fires, mostly due to unattended lighted candles during brownouts.
Senior Fire Officer 4 Michael Eran, operations officer of the BFP in Dumaguete, said it is continuing with its fire prevention education campaign throughout the year with fire drills on business establishments having 50 employees or more. It has reactivated 10 barangay volunteer fire brigades and provided them with identification cards as certified volunteer fire fighters, so that in case of disasters, they can show it to the ground commander.
Eran enjoined the public to avoid open burning, or they may do so but at least 15 meters away from any building with a ready pail of water.
Other basic tips would be for household members to know where to get out in case of fire. “Better still, provide each household with a fire extinguisher. A memorandum to this effect was issued,” Eran said.*JG
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