BFP assures adequate water supply amid drought

LAOAG CITY — The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Ilocos Norte has assured the public of adequate water supply to be used in case of fire tumult this summer season.

Provincial Fire Marshal, Senior Fire Inspector Bonifacio Sacatrapos said that despite water supply hiatus in the province, the bureau has enough reserved water to fight fire incidents.

“The drought season has a big effect in the life of our department because it is the season when fire incidents get high as the need of more volume of water arises,” Sacatrapos said.

However, he said that the BFP here is ready for the summer season with enough water tank sources.

With a total of 30,000 gallon systems and 10,000 overhead tanks with 25 fire drums in Laoag City alone, the need to pacify a huge fire can be handled with the amount of water reserved in the area.

Sacatrapos said, in case when the need for more water arises, open water system like rivers can be used as readily available sources of water.

“Every fire station in a municipality is advised to coordinate with a private person with overhead tank for enough volume of water,” he said.

According to Sacatrapos, fire incidents during summer season are up for about five to ten percent with grass fire as the most common form.

The BFP is working for a zero fire incident here by involving the community in fire prevention through house-to-house lecture.

A massive fire prevention campaign is also conducted during the “Agserbi 24/7” in coordination with the city government of Laoag.

Fire lecture and fire drills in elementary and secondary schools are part of the continued programs of the bureau to involve the students with proper fire knowledge and skills.

As of this posting, there are 31 schools invited for the conduct of an ‘Open House’ where the public are being familiarized with the operations and equipment of each fire station and 80 schools for the ‘Bero Bombero’ program of the BFP.

The only problem in their operation, according to Sacatrapos, is the antiquated fire trucks that some age 30 years old and is still kept for operation.

“Fire prevention is every person’s responsibility to keep our community fire-free,” Sacatrapos said. PNA/