Fire Prevention Month 2018 activities continue Print
Thursday, 08 March 2018 13:39

Activities are ongoing for the Fire Prevention Month 2018 celebration this March in Zamboanga City.

The city’s new district fire marshal, F/Supt. Jhufel M. Brañanola, said this year’s month-long celebration kicked off March 1 with a motorcade participated in by personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and other stakeholders.

The celebration is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A, declaring March as Fire Prevention Month because of the alarming increase of fire incidents happening across the country during this time of the year.

The BFP, as the government agency mandated to prevent and suppress all kinds of destructive fires, investigate its causes, enforce fire-related laws and provide emergency medical and rescue services, shall anchor all the activities for the Fire Prevention Month towards fire safety at home by introducing innovative programs and activities leading towards motivating the public to take fire safety as everyone’s concern.

This year’s theme, “Ligtas na Pilipinas ang ating hangad, pag-iingat sa sunog ay sa sarili ipatupad.”

In the city, among the activities conducted the past days included an advocacy rally for fire-free and fire safety measures.

Information drive in different schools started March 5 and will end March 9. Students are informed about the significance of the Fire Prevention Month and other activities.

There will be Bike for a Cause on March 10, and Open House March 13-15 wherein all fire stations in the barangays will be open for school children to visit and be lectured on the use of fire trucks and their accessories, use of fire extinguishers and things to be observed in case of fire incident.

The fire prevention games, drawing contest for elementary pupils, essay writing and poster-making competitions for high school students were conducted March 5-7, and photo contest for all amateur photographers.

Battle of the Bands with original composition open only to BJMP personnel. Deadline for submission of entries was March 7 for regional category, and March 9 for the national category at the BJMP national headquarters.

The first-ever Fire Expo will be held March 14-17, where winners of all regional competitions will be displayed.

The “Salo-salo Laban sa Sunog” is scheduled March 19 in the different municipal and city fire stations, during which fire personnel will cook simple meals for the community members to partake.-(Vic Larato)