AS they celebrated their 26th anniversary, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 7 conducted a surprise random drug test for its personnel and absorbed 188 new firefighters.
The celebration, which was held at the Grand Convention Center last Thursday, was attended by Department of Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Nestor Quinsay Jr.
BFP 7 Director Senior Supt. Samuel Tadeo said the results of the drug test will be available after one week.
Although the drug test was random, Tadeo said that all 1,142 personnel of BFP 7 will still be subjected to a drug test soon.
“This is our way of cleaning our ranks,” said Quinsay.
Those who will be found positive for illegal drug use may be sued or dismissed from service.
BFP also held a graduation ceremony for the 118 recruits who passed the BFP’s basic training course.
In an inerview, Estria Roble said she wanted to join BFP because it was her dream to be a firefighter since she was a child.
“I want to serve and protect properties and lives. I like the idea of being sort of a superhero whenever we save lives,” she said. “The training we had was hard—the pain, the tactics, the sweat—but it was the best. In the end, we understood why they have to put us through that sort of training. To me, it was all worth it.”
Jenerose Casquejo, for her part, is happy with her accomplishment.
Despite having her hair cut short, she said their trainings boosted her confidence.
“It’s (cutting of hair) to signify that we’re cutting our pride and understand unity,” she said.
The new firefighters will be assigned to newly-established fire stations in the region for three to four months.” (Cherizar Maxine Magat, USJ-R Intern)