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Fire month with new fire chief

February 24 - March 3, 2017

Summer time is fast approaching and based on statistics, this is the season when there is an alarming increase of fire incidents throughout the province.

In observance of Fire Prevention Month, with the theme “Buhay at Ariarian ay Pahalagahan, Ibayong Pagiingat sa Sunog ay sa Sariling Pamamahay Simulan,” the Bureau of Fire Prevention (BFP) highlighted that fire prevention and safety should start at home.

Newly-appointed City Fire Marshal Jimmy Pasague said the slogan of this year’s observance of fire prevention month supports the advocacy towards a progressive community through the fire safety awareness campaign and the active cooperation of the public.

Pasague, who is a graduate of Public Safety at the Philippine National Police Academy, assumed office last February 18, 2017. A turnover ceremony with former BFP City Marshal Kenith Casas was held at Tacloban City. The new fire chief admitted that this was his first time to hold office.

Pasague revealed that they have already six (6) fire vehicles ready to respond to emergencies, but their station also needs an ambulance, which according to him, might be available within this year.

A “Unity Walk – Fire Free & Fire Safe Maasin City” parade kicked-off last Wednesday (March 1). A fiveminute blowing of horns of all firefighting trucks and stations was also done simultaneously in all the fire stations in the country to hopefully awaken the consciousness of the community on fire prevention.

This March, firetrucks will be more visible in designated places to respond faster for any emergency.

Since last January 2016 up to this year, BFP has already recorded 10 fire incidents throughout Maasin City, most of these were due to electrical malfunction.(By MARK L. RIMAS)






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