By: FO1 JT Orejudos
The Municipality of San Gabriel composed of ninety percent (90%) highland or mountainous area and only ten percent (10%) is in low land or plain area. This prompted the LGU San Gabriel to acquire equipment on High Angle Rescue in order to enhance the capability of the municipality to respond to any vehicular accidents or emergencies that may transpire from any of the three (3) major roads from the upland barangays leading to the business area. Mere having the rope rescue equipment is not sufficient to respond to any type of emergencies, it needs manpower to use the same but any individual cannot just pick-up the equipment and use it immediately. They need to be trained in order to acquire skills on rope rescue and use the available equipment to help people who are in need. This led to the creation of San Gabriel Health Emergency Response Management Evacuation Services (HERMES) Team through the efforts and initiatives of HON. DIVINA C. DALIGUES-VELASCO, MD, MPM, Municipal Mayor and DR. HERMINIGILDO M. VELASCO, MD, MPM, Municipal Health Officer and the designated Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer in which eight (8) LGU employees were trained by personnel of this station with Basic Rope Rescue Training (BRRT) last year. These employees also underwent training in Basic Life Support-Lay Rescuer and First Aid and Water Search and Rescue (WASAR).
In order to enhance the skills of rope rescue and to uplift camaraderie of the members of HERMES Team headed by Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer, DR. HERMIE VELASCO and BFP personnel of this station led by former Acting-MFM, INSP. RONALD N CASTILLO, high angle rescue exercises or rescue simulation was conducted on April 04, 2013 at Sitio Bacsayan, Barangay Poblacion of this municipality. Before the actual exercises reiteration of strict observance of safety in the training site was made and also lecture on Tactical Considerations was undertaken. Most particularly, techniques in raising a victim from the deep ravine with the use of basket stretcher applying mechanical advantage and any other rope rescue techniques were practiced. The said activity concluded with a positive result.
by SFO2 Patricio O Llavore Jr
BFP LA UNION emerged as the overall champion during the recently concluded BFP Region 1 Fire Olympics in conjunction with the observance of Fire Prevention Month 2013 celebration held last March 21 to 23, 2013 at Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University South La Union Campus in Agoo, La Union participated by teams from the BFP Regional Headquarters 1 and all provinces within the region.
TEAM LA UNION headed by Provincial Fire Marshal CINSP SAMUEL G ABENES bagged the championships in the Wild Hose Recovery and engine Relay, two major events during the competition. The team finished second in the bucket relay, rescue and rope climbing and third place in the tug of war and hose relay during the three (3) day competition.
For TEAM LA UNION composed of personnel from the Office of the Provincial Fire Marshal and the different fire stations within the province, the sportsfest was an avenue to showcase physical strength and mental alertness and promote unity and camaraderie among the personnel within the region. The sportsfest was a great relief from the pressures of being a firefighter working 24 hours a day monitoring and responding to fire alarms.
A victory celebration hosted by the Office of the Provincial Fire Marshal held at Bu Boat Resorts in Bauang, La Union attended by the participants followed to recognize the dedication, efforts and perseverance of the member of the team in giving honour to the province of La Union and rewards the team for a job well done.
Kudos TEAM LA UNION for a job well done and keep up the good work!
by SFO2 Patricio O Llavore Jr
San Fernando City Fire Marshal, SRINSP LANY B CARBONELL attended a specialized course entitled “Leadership for Women in Law Enforcement Course” held at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Bangkok, Thailand sponsored by the Department of States of the United States of America. The course was held from February 25, to March 1, 2013.
The course was designed to lay the foundation for developing effective law enforcement leaders now and in the future. It is a leadership course that presents universal practices and leadership challenges from a female law enforcement leader’s perspective which combined general leadership training with issues particular to women as well as allowed the participants to recognize their own strengths and competencies identify resources of support and encouraged participants to take responsibility.
Forty-one women engaged in law enforcement from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, HongKong, Macau, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines were selected to attend the course.
SRINSP LANY B CARBONELL was also sent by the government of San Fernando, La Union to attend the 5th ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Jogja Expo Center, Jogakarta, Republic of Indonesia on October 22 to 25, 2012 sponsored by the CITYNET, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and Republic of Indonesia. The conference with the theme “Strengthening Local Capacity for Disaster Risk Reduction” was attended by over a thousand delegates from member nations of the United Nations. The Philippine delegation was headed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Secretary, Benito Ramos.
SFO2 Patricio O Llavore Jr
The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 1 awarded Certificate of Appreciation to Bauang Fire Station and San Fernando City Fire Station during the Bannuar Ti Amianan “Heroes of the North” awarding ceremonies held on March 1, 2013 at Camp Oscar Florendo in San Fernando City, La Union.
The award was given to Bauang Fire Station and San Fernando City Fire Station for their invaluable support and service to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 1 during the various disaster and emergency conditions that resulted to an effective multi-agency operational coordination and proactive management for the year 2012.
The enduring commitment shown by Bauang Fire Station and San Fernando City Fire Station served to strengthen the disaster effectiveness of RDRRMC 1 in keeping Region 1 a safer place to live in.
The Certificate of Appreciation for San Fernando City Fire Station was received by the Provincial Fire Marshal of this province, CINSP SAMUEL G ABENES in behalf of the City Fire Marshal of San Fernando City Fire Station, SRINSP LANY B CARBONELL while the award for Bauang Fire Station was received by its Municipal Fire Marshal, INSP JUVENAL B FORMACION.
Congratulations and keep up the good work!
In the observance of this year’s Fire Prevention Month, the Bangar Fire Station headed by SFO4 Alexander R Agoot, OIC Municipal Fire Marshal conducted massive information drives by rendering lectures on fire prevention and conduct of fire drills to different sectors of the community. One of the highlights of said activities was the gracing of the General Assembly of the clients of the San Fernando City Parole and Probation office composing the eighty clients coming from the different towns of the first district of La Union on March 15, 2013, wherein FO3 Raymond Gabay gave a comprehensive lecture about Fire Prevention Tips and some salient features of RA 9514, the law governing the Fire Code of the Philippines. The eighty clients along with their family members were thankful that they have gained additional knowledge and practical tips on how to avoid destructive fires. In another setting the group of SFO2 Candido Balala, FO3 Raymond Gabay and FO3 Reynante Castillo, with the direct supervision of SFO4 Alexander Agoot, accorded the Boy Scouts of Ayaoan Elementary School on their camporal on March 1, 2013 Fire and Earthquake drill and lectures about Fire and how to prevent said incident.
These massive and Intensified campaign done on the occasion of Fire Prevention Month helped a lot the people in the community to become aware of their participation and involvement in building a fire safe and peaceful community to live in.
The 1st Quarter of 2013 marks a year full of activity for the entire bureau of fire protection as we all know that fire prevention month falls this quarter. The first monday of January start the busy days for personnel who are in-charge in the collection of fire code fees to those who will renew their business permits. Assigned personnel of this station conducted inspection of different establishments just to ensure that they complied with the needed requirements before releasing their Fire Safety Inspection Certificate. Such as a toxic days particularly to those stations without enough manpower like us but still we managed to achieve its goals and entertain our clients because it is all part of our duties and responsibilities.
Then comes the month of March wherein we celebrated the Fire Prevention Month. Personnel of this station participates the kick-off ceremony which is called “Walk for a Fire Free Nation” and this years’ theme is “Sunog at Sakuna Paghandaan, Kalikasan ay Pangalagaan nang Matamasa ang Pag-unlad ng Bayan.” A line of programs of activities were conducted by the personnel of this station. Almost everyday we go out to different school around Aringay to deliver fire safety tips to the pupils and impart them their involvement to maintain a fire free community. We also conducted fire prevention lectures and drills to the employees/tenants of different resorts and establishment around area of responsibility.
Since according to the statistics that in the past ten years, most affected type of occupancy by fire is residential, hence this year’s observance of fire prevention shall focus more on it. Personnel of this station also conducted house to house inspection and at the same time dissemination of fire safety tips in the house in some barangays of this municipality. It’s not that easy to conduct inspection particularly to the mountainous part of our municipality wherein the inspection team suffered the burden of walking almost three hours (one way) just to reach the school to be inspected along the boundary of Aringay and Benguet and at the same time educate the people living in that place on how to prevent/suppress destructive fire. The inspection team once again proved that our task as agent in maintaining a fire free and safe community thus immeasurable.