|Observance of Fire Prevention Month in the Barangays
March 10, 2012
The City of Vigan is one of the two cities of the Province of Ilocos Sur, being the capital city of the province; it is the center of trade and commerce and having the greatest number of commercial and public buildings in the whole province and numerous wooden houses of elegant Spanish designs often visited by foreign and local tourists alike.
These two above mentioned areas located within the City of Vigan are considered most vulnerable to fire incidents as these areas being the center of commerce in the province are thickly populated. Most of the existing buildings erected are still of wooden ancestral houses of Spanish designs especially along the tourism area (Heritage Village) and since It was built long before the Fire Code was written, most of it do not conform with the provisions of the Fire Code of the Philippines and its Implementing Rules and Regulations thereby causing high degree of hazard in the area.
For the month of March 2012, the BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION – City Fire Station headed by City Fire Marshal CINSP FLORO L. OBRERO together with the personnel from this office conducted Seminars, Lecture and Drills to the 39 barangays of the Heritage City of Vigan. One of the objectives of the BFP is to ensure the direct involvement and active participation of the community in the prevention and suppression of destructive fire.
Rule IX of PD 1185 or Section 9.103 of the Fire Code of the Philippines states that “In its most simple form, this organization would consist of the barangay captain / chairman or head of the establishment assisted by selected personnel. In communities or establishments where more persons are available, they should be organized as a team or teams to function as fire brigade.”
The organized and trained community volunteer fire brigade would serve as fire prevention and suppression personnel within their immediate locality. Fire protection and suppression requires knowledge, skills and proper training in its performance, this is because during a fire incident the safety of everyone is involved. It is therefore important for a fire prevention and suppression personnel to understand the nature and characteristics of fire. This seminar on basic fire safety prevention and suppression will serve to provide the participants the adequate knowledge and skills on fire protection and safety that will eventually lead public safety to their respective communities. -gxrabe