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Launching of residential fire protection scheme set in LT
by Susan C. Aro / PIA

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Bureau of Fire Protection seeks for unity and cooperation of stakeholders as it sets the launching of a residential fire protection scheme for the safety of households and the community.

The “Oplan ligtas sa pamayanan” is in response to the growing demand for a more adaptive, comprehensive, and immersive fire protection program for the communities, rural and urban villages, and barangays. It targets the increasing fire incidents in residential areas.

Based on the report presented by Fire S/Insp. Francisco Copes during the recent meeting of the Municipal Peace and Order Council, burning of houses account for 60 percent of incidences from 2014 up to early this year  followed by forest and grass fires at 40 percent and vehicular fire at 10 percent.

Copes said the Oplan aims to reduce the occurrence of fires in the most vulnerable parts of communities and the number of fire-related deaths and injuries, encourage communities to develop their own community fire protection plan, establish strong partnerships between local government units in enforcing fire-related laws, and increase the number of trained and organized communities to be ready in fire prevention and fire suppression.

One of its features is the bayanihan, which provides for the creation of a community fire auxiliary team or community brigade towards a safe home and community. Its main responsibility is to respond to localized fire incidents while BFP responding teams are in transit, and to promote community safety through guided activities of the bureau.

Copes said firefighters called “bumbero ng pamayanan” will be immersed in the community where they will rekindle bayanihan among the residents.

A house-to-house fire safety survey will also take place in densely-populated residential communities, neighborhoods, settlements, and areas identified as fire-prone. “Lingap” (pangkaligtasan na pagsisiyasat at pagbibigay alam sa bawat tahanan) is a deterrent measure in identifying high-risk areas in the community considered most vulnerable.

The project will be piloted either in Barangay Betag or Lubas.


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