No Holiday for Firefighters this Holy Week


An April 14, 2011 press release by the Department of the Interior and Local Government
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) will deploy its firefighters to help in maintaining peace and order, and ensuring public safety during the observance of the Holy Week.
BFP is an attached agency of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The firefighters will augment the personnel of the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies, according to BFP Director Rolando Bandilla, Jr.
Bandilla’s instruction came after DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo  directed the BFP to mobilize firefighters in time for one of the most important Catholic celebrations.
“Firefighters should assist in maintaining peace and order in local government units and in safeguarding communities from fire incidents,” said Robredo.
All BFP regional offices, provincial, city and municipal fire stations will be placed in full alert to preempt emergency situations including fires that may occur during the culmination of the Lenten season.
Bandilla said BFP fire trucks, ambulances and rescue vans will be deployed in strategic areas specifically along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and Gapan-Olongapo Road.
“BFP operatives will also be deployed in terminals, piers and highways to assist police officers and security personnel in ensuring the safety and security of passengers and commuters,” said Bandilla.
Meanwhile, Robredo called on the public to help the BFP in its fire prevention campaign through the observance of some preventive measures like unplugging of electrical appliances and switching off the main source of power when leaving.
“Never leave lighted candles, lamps or cigarettes. Close LPG valves. Secure flammable and combustible substances in a safe area.”
He advised the public to be more cautious since the Holy Week takes place during one of the hottest months of the year.
“Safety starts at home.”