Isabela City women train on fire fighting PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 March 2011 15:53

ISABELA CITY — Women are now getting into the world where some think only men could do. A group of women in Isabela is undergoing intensive training on fire fighting techniques at the city’s open oval grandstand.

The all-male group of fire fighters and volunteers in Isabela who assist the women in their training believe in the capability of women to equally deliver the job of fire fighting and rescue operations during fire incidents.

Manuel Tan, Deputy Fire Chief of the United Evangelical Church of Isabela (UECI) Volunteer Fire Fighters and Rescue Group, who supervises the training of the group of women volunteers from Barangay Sunrise said that the level of training on these women were practically the same training for men.

Tan was impressed at the efforts and determination of the women volunteers for their effort to perfect the moves and stance necessary in fire fighting situations.
The 57-year old Barangay Chairwomen Concepcion Andajao is the Team Captain of Sunrise Brigade Fire Volunteers who have been undergoing fire drills and training every afternoon for more than two weeks now.

She said she joined the team to encourage and to prove to other barangays that age does not matter when it comes to fire fighting. “Everybody can be a fire fighter with the proper training and skills,” she shared in Chavacano.

Andajao admitted, however, that she may be physically limited but she can display significant leadership, which is vital in every fire fighting situation.

“At first it was difficult, but eventually with regular training and drill, one gets used to it,” she said.
SFO3 Nestor Garcia, Pre-Fire Planning/Training Community Relations Officer of Isabela Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) disclosed that the Sunrise group of women volunteers are preparing for the forthcoming competition at the First Pink Brigade Fire Olympics 2011 on March 19-20, 26-27 this year to be held in Zamboanga City.

Garcia said the competition is one of the activities the bureau prepared in connection with the national observance of Fire Prevention Month of March. The event, he said, is in support to the government’s campaign on public fire safety awareness and the prevention of fire in the community and country.

The competition also hopes to enhance fire safety awareness among Barangay Fire Brigade members in the different cities and municipalities in Region 9 and to exercise the individual skills of volunteers in the use of available fire fighting equipments in the barangay.

Garcia further disclosed that the training of women fire fighters is the result of the bureau’s Gender and Development (GAD) seminars in recognition of the role of women during emergency situations.
He explained that women are mostly left at home and in the community when fire incidents occur thus the importance of training women in responding to fire situations.

Coincidentally, the country is also commemorating the month of March as National Women’s Month.