A 7-day capability enhancement training on firefighting is ongoing, with participants coming from the Bureau of Fire Protection, the police, and rescue groups such as Rescue 348 and One Rescue.
Dumaguete City fire marshal, Chief Inspector Mary Joy Candelario, said several activities were lined up, including rope techniques and rescue operation.
A simultaneous fire and earthquake drill was conducted at the City Central School as part of the training, where four scenarios were performed: extricating a victim of a vehicular accident, rescue of children trapped in the second floor of a building as a result of the first scenario which is earthquake using the ladder method, extricating another victim with the use of the Singaporean belay system, and a demonstration on how to use the fire extinguishers, with the participation of school children and City Hall employees.
Candelario is hoping that Negros Oriental will still get a fair share in the distribution of fire personnel from the region, knowing that the Negros Island Region was already ordered dissolved. She said a quota of 95 was intended for distribution for the entire region pending the proper training.
Negros Oriental's share of the quota was assured and promised by the BFP regional director, Supt Fred Trajeras Jr., and reiterated during the inauguration of a new fire substation in Dumaguete earlier this year.
The Bureau of Fire Protection also remains hopeful that the promised brand new Rosenbauer firetruck intended for Dumaguete will still be realized.
Candelario explained the distribution was delayed because the acquisition of the Rosenbauer firetrucks is pending investigation. Few fire trucks arrived at the Batangas port but distribution was withheld due to the investigation being conducted.*JG
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