WITH their intensified effort to avoid fire incidents on holidays, the Mandaue City Government used its two fire trucks on Christmas Eve to advise Mandauehanons to keep their homes and families safe.
With this effort, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CDRRM) Officer Felix Suico said they recorded no injury related to firecracker blast and no fire alarm within the city on December 24 and December 25.
“Nagrekorida ta gamit ang two firetrucks. Nilibot ta sa Mandaue nya ato ning balikon inig 31 (We went around Mandaue using our two firetrucks. We will do this again on December 31) urging the public not to use firecrackers, especially the children,” said Suico.
City Mayor Gabriel Luis Quisumbing earlier said that pyrotechnics will only be sold in the malls of Mandaue.
Those who will sell firecrackers along the streets and other places will be monitored by the members of the Mandaue City Police Office.
Suico said they have advised the people who are illegally selling firecrackers on the streets to stop from displaying these.
The CDRRM Office will coordinate with the Mandaue City Fire Station (MCFS) and the Barangay Fire Brigade to conduct a fire drill related to firecrackers in Sitio Back Matimco in Barangay Subangdaku within the week.
About two weeks ago, CDRRM Office together with MCFS also conducted the same drill in the 6.5-hectare relocation site in Barangay Paknaan.
Suico said they are doing this because they do not want that the three simultaneous fire incidents in Mandaue during the New Year celebration this year to be repeated in 2018.
“Hatagan natog awareness ang mga taw (We would want that people will be aware on what might happen because of firecrackers),” he said.
Some 550 families lost their homes after fire hit three villages in the city last January 1.
These involved a warehouse in Barangay Looc and two residential areas in Barangays Maguikay and Guizo. (SunStar Cebu)