ZCFD rescuers save lives PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 August 2013 11:05

The joint government emergency response unit of the Zamboanga City Fire District (ZCFD), Red Cross, the police and the Philippine Coast Guard has rescued 87 families during the recent flashfloods in Barangay Tugbungan, this city.

Zamboanga City District Fire Marshal F/Supt. Dominador F. Zabala, Jr. said that heavy rains led to the flooding of the Tugbungan forcing residents to evacuate to safer grounds.

However, Zabala said the residents had difficulties in the evacuation as a result of the flooding which prompted the Emergency Medical and Rescue Service and Boalan Fire Sub-Station personnel under the ZCFD to come to their rescue.

Well trained water search and rescue (WASAR) personnel of the Boalan FSS headed by SFO4 Rommel S Carpio were able to perform actual rescue work of a resident identified as Daisy Royales, 33, who struggled to save her life and those of her seven family members, including an infant, who were carried away by strong current spawned by floods,. when waters reached more than five feet which made them more difficult to vacate the area.

Zabala said their ZCFD-EMRS and Boalan Fire Station rescue personnel has been radio-monitoring the situation for 24 hours during that day and responded to the call for immediate rescue operations using an improvised rescue boat.

Other rescue groups from the Philippine Red Cross, PNP, Philippine Coast Guard also proceeded to Sitio Barigon in Tugbungan and assisted other families to safer grounds, who were stranded in their respective homes because of the flooded areas.

Zabala also disclosed that their EMRS and Boalan FSS Rescue teams also proceeded to Sotto Drive in Divisoria Barangay to also check the status of the area and if there were other families affected as a result of the flooding.