BFP deploys ‘Bumbero sa Barangay’ in fire-prone areas in Dumaguete

Posted by watchmen
March 23, 2024
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The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has rolled out its “Bumbero sa Barangay” program in nine fire-prone villages in Negros Occidental to strengthen their linkage with the community and enhance their capacity for fire safety and prevention.

The program aims to develop resiliency and promote fire protection in the barangays through immersion of firefighters, conduct of advocacy campaigns, and pre-fire planning, said BFP Provincial Fire Marshall Supt. Noel Nelson Ababon at a recent Kapihan sa PIA forum.

The deployment of firefighters is also part of BFP’s “Oplan Ligtas na Pamayanan” flagship program.

The identified fire-prone areas in the city are barangays Bagacay, Bajumpandan, Banilad, Calindagan, Looc, Daro, Piapi, and Talay due to their high population density.

One fireman will be assigned to each barangay.

Ababon explained that firefighters will identify which areas or structures in the barangay are vulnerable to fire and scout potential evacuation centers in case of a fire emergency.

The firefighters will also conduct house-to-house surveys to determine the number of people living in each house, the number of electrical appliances used in the house, the electric consumption of its residents, and good housekeeping practices.

The data generated from the survey will be used in crafting the community fire protection plan which will be disseminated later on to the residents.

“We can only make recommendations. It is still up to the barangay residents if they follow it,” Ababon said.

Ababon also encouraged barangay officials to have their residents undergo trainings by BFP to become members of the Community Fire Auxiliary Group (CFAG).

The CFAG will serve as the augmentation force of the bureau in responding to fire incidents.

“Once you organize your fire brigades, you can immediately request trainings from us, so we can issue a certificate of competency,” he said.

Looc barangay captain Erwin Lozada said he is willing to organize the CFAG in his area to improve his barangay’s disaster preparedness capabilities.

Lozada said he plans to buy one penetrator fire truck for his barangay using their cash prize for winning last year’s Sandurot Festival.

“CFAG is necessary, and I would like to have the residents trained. I will also buy a new fire truck that can get inside alleys, so we can respond to fire incidents immediately while waiting for the firefighters,” he said.

From January 1 up to March 5 this year, BFP recorded 30 structural fire incidents and 35 non-structural fire incidents (agricultural and grass fires) in Negros Oriental.

Ababon said the most common cause of structural fires is faulty electrical systems. (PIA-7 Negros Oriental)


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