Mayor: Work together to prevent fires

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Saturday, March 15, 2014


BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella has called on barangay officials to work together with the Bureau of Fire Protection, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, and volunteer fire brigades Amity and Chamber to prevent fire incidents.

“We need to cooperate and work together. The city, fire bureau, and our volunteer firefighters cannot do it by themselves. They need our help,” Puentevella said in his message during the launching of the Mamamayan Kontra Kalayo at the Bays Center Friday.

He also urged the village chiefs to undergo basic rescue training, including basic life support.

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Puentevella also recognized the valiant efforts of the city’s volunteer fire brigades as he regarded them as heroes. He lauded both the Amity and the Bacolod Chamber Volunteer Fire Brigades for being among the top volunteer teams in the country.

The mayor also pushed for the establishment of more sub-fire stations and acquisition of more fire trucks, and formation of barangay based Emergency Response Teams.

Councilor Claudio Jesus Puentevella, chairman of the committee on fire, natural disasters and calamities, said he will propose a resolution seeking to initiate community-based rescue and action teams in every barangay, and to help the BFP in modernizing their equipment and fire-related paraphernalia.

“Mamamayan Kontra Kalayo” is a holistic approach of the City Government to make Bacolod a fire-safe city and to raise full-scale awareness among its residents on the negative effects fire brings, whether natural or man-made.

The program is jointly initiated by the City Mayor’s Office, Liga ng mga Barangay, Bureau of Fire Protection, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Public Affairs and Assistance Office, and Public Information Office.

“Our efforts to inform the people go beyond the celebration of the Fire Prevention Month and should provide us all with the necessary precaution to prevent and suppress future incidents,” Puentevella said.

From January to February 2014 alone, the BFP-Bacolod recorded 57 fire incidents in the city, including the residential fire in Barangay Handumanan that claimed the lives of three children.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 15, 2014.

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