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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, March 2, 2020
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Fire fighters stage flash dance
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

 

A hundred fire fighters in Negros Occidental did a flash mob dance at the north wing of SM City Bacolod City to kick off the celebration of the Fire Prevention Month, yesterday.

The Bureau of Fire Protection personnel and their two mascots, Berong Bombero and Berang Bombera, gathered at the activity area of the mall and danced to several dance hits, including the viral “Tala” of Sarah Geronimo.

Mall-goers temporarily stopped shopping to watch and capture on their mobile phones the performance of the fire fighters, who came from 30 city and municipal fire stations in Negros Occidental.

The dancing fire personnel were wearing jackets and caps, but removed them in mid-performance, revealing their BFP T-shirts.

“The concept is like community dancing to launch our observance of fire prevention month,” Fire Supt. Pamela Rojane Candido, Negros Occidental provincial fire marshal, said yesterday.

As part of their community fire safety campaign, fire prone areas in the whole province were identified through the Oplan Ligtas na Pamayanan, and local city and municipal fire stations personnel are going out of their way toconduct house-to-house fire safety inspections and seminars, she said.

Fire-prone areas are usually congested and highly populated, with the houses made of light materials, and are far from fire stations, Candido said.

She said the BFP will go to fire-prone communities, reach out to the barangay officials, and set dates for community organizing, fire prevention and safety seminars, and the actual demonstration on how to put out fires.

“This is really an advocacy. We have to keep in mind that fire safety should be our topmost priority. We, the fire fighters, are just like 463 all over the province, we are short of manpower, but we are multi-tasking and continue doing our job for effective and efficient public safety services,” Candido said.

In the whole province, only Isabela town has no established fire station, she said, adding that Pulupandan already acquired a new fire truck, and they are hopeful thatits fire station will be activated this month.

This year’s fire prevention month theme is “Matuto ka, sunog ay iwasan na,” that it is advocating self-awareness, and emphasizing that fire prevention starts at home, Candido added.

There will be a motorcade of BFP personnel todayin all the cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental.*

 

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