Barangay volunteer fire brigades reorganization ongoing in Dumaguete
DUMAGUETE CITY, March 11 (PNA) — Reorganization of the barangay volunteer fire brigades have started here as part of the lined up activities of the Bureau of Fire Protection in the city in celebration of the Fire Prevention Month this March.
Feedback from the barangays showed 100 percent participation, according to Dumaguete City fire chief Maj. Arnulfo Sayson, whose team of trainors were willing to share their skills and knowledge in fire prevention and suppression to all the barangays who have signified their intention to join in the program.
Based on experience, the barangay volunteer fire brigades are proven to be very effective in fighting incipient fires at the early stage, being the first responders in their respective areas.
Sayson said it is easy to extinguish a fire at the early stage even with pails and cans, rather than fight a big one with super tankers.
So far, the barangays of Tabuctubig, Banilad and Daro have completed the training while the rest are being scheduled.
According to Sayson, a barangay volunteer fire brigade member will be issued an identification card by the provincial fire marshal, so when he is in other places of the province, he can visit any of the fire stations.
Or better still, he can encourage their children to enter the service.
Meanwhile, issuance of business permits to several business establishments was held pending until they are able to comply with provisions of the national building code and the fire code.
Sayson stressed before any issuance of the fire safety inspection certificate, a fire safety inspection is being conducted to check on deficiencies, failue to comply would result to non-issuance of the firesafety certificate.
Violations include non-functional extinguishers, blocked exits, among others.
The fire chief, however, said after furnishing an inspection report, establishment owners normally comply with the requirements. (PNA)