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Monday, March 31, 2014
THE number of fires in March this year is more than double that of 2013.
Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 7 Director Maria Luisa Hadjula said a total of 120 fires occurred in the region in March, also known as Fire Prevention Month in the country.
She said the BFP recorded only 56 in March last year.
She attributed the increase to the inclusion of grass and forest fires. She added that the onset of the dry season also contributes to the occurrence of fire.
She said BFP personnel also have difficulties fighting fires in areas with narrow roads.
She said BFP also does not have enough equipment to fight large fires.
Hadjula said the biggest fire this year occurred in Barangay Lorega, Cebu City, destroying 500 houses and leaving about 7,000 without homes.
Hadjula said the fires that occurred last month alone left P2.4 million in structural damage.
During the formal culmination activity of Fire Prevention Month held at the Talisay City Hall yesterday, Hadjula said that most of the fire incidents that were recorded this year were mostly electrical in nature.
She commended BFP personnel for their hard work and dedication to the job.
“Maganda ang kanilang response,” Hadjula said.
She said BFP 7's firefighting units have committed to respond to alarms within three minutes.
In a related development, the Cebu Provincial Fire District was able to defend its title in the 2014 Fire Olympics.
Bohol, Lapu-Lapu City, Siquijor Province and Negros Oriental Province were able to capture the first, second, third and fourth
runner ups, respectively.
The Fire Prevention Month celebration always end with the Fire Olympics, where firefighters show off their skills.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 01, 2014.