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BFP CNorte celebrates marks anniversary, strengthens fire safety drive

By Rosalita Manlangit


DAET, Camarines Norte --- The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has strengthened its fire safety campaign as it marks its 32nd anniversary this month of August.


During the “Ugnayan sa PIA Camarines Norte’s Talakayan Episode” on Monday, August 21, BFP Camarines Norte Deputy Provincial Fire Marshal Chief Insp. Adonis D. Osea discussed the fire safety tips that the public need to know to avoid the occurrence of fire in their own homes and communities.


He said that the bureau was able to record 89 cases of fire incidents from January to August 21, this year, as compared to 49 in the same period last year.


Osea said that although they are looking forward that no more fire incidents will occur in the following days or months, it is still possible to happen due to the hot weather condition that is being experienced today in the province.


To avoid fire incidents, he imparted the following tips: always practice good housekeeping, don’t put garbage or liquid chemicals that can explode indoors such as thinner, paint, and gasoline; always check fire extinguishers and make it a habit to check LPG tanks and electrical connections. Lighters, matches, and other flammable substances should be kept in high places or should be kept out of reach of children.


He also reminded the public that if one accidentally catches fire while cooking, it is advisable to immediately cover the pan with a lid, wet cloth or rag then turn off the stove.


He said that indoor smoking should also be avoided, especially in the bedroom. “It is a big no to throw away the cigar with the tip still lit,” he said. He added that lighted candles or gas stoves should not be placed near curtains and other combustibles things such as trash and paper, most especially when it is windy.


Another fire safety precaution is to remove obstructions from fire exits. These areas must be kept clean and open at all times. Families should also have a Fire Escape Plan.


BFP Provincial Information Officer FO1 Donela Joy A. Abellano also discussed the month-long activities of the BFP which include bloodletting, Zumba, and tree planting.


The region-wide commemoration of the 32nd anniversary was conducted on August 8, including live performances at the evacuation centers in Albay, and Audio-Visual Presentations about BFP highlights were posted on their FB page.


This year’s theme is “Modernong Bumbero: Kaakibat tungo sa Ligtas at Maunlad na Pamayanan.”


The functions and mandates of the BFP as stipulated in the RA 9514 or the Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008 are fire safety inspections, building plan evaluation, release of clearances; fire incidents response, giving medical services during fire incidents and calamities; conducting fire earthquake drill; and public information campaigns; among others.


The BFP also conduct Community Relations Services like Oplan Ligtas na Pamayanan through partnerships with barangay officials to guide them and give them strategies for the safety of their community from fire hazards.


Fire Square Road Show was launched in the Bicol Region as one of the Fire Prevention Month 2023 Kick-Off programs. Several road shows have also been conducted in the provinces.


Republic Act 11589 or the 10-year BFP Modernization Act of 2021 was implemented this year which resulted in the acquisition of state-of-the-art firetrucks, ambulances, establishment of fire stations, and training of personnel among others.


The BFP was formed from the units of the Integrated National Police’s Office of the Fire Protection Service on January 29, 1991, through Republic Act No. 6975 which created the present Interior Department and placed the provision of fire service under its control.


Republic Act. No. 6975 or the DILG Act of 1990, took effect on January 1, 1991, and paved the way for the establishment of the PNP, BJMP, and BFP as separate entities. The Appropriation Act of 1991 also caused the inaugural operation of the BFP on Aug. 2, 1991, as a distinct agency of the government.


The Ugnayan sa PIA Camarines Norte’s Talakayan Episode was hosted by PIA ICM Rose Manlangit. The program episode was posted on PIA Camarines Norte’s FB page on Aug. 21 and aired over DWCN-FM Radyo Pilipinas on the same day at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon. (RBManlangit-PIA5/Camarines Norte)

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