The municipality of Narvacan is one of the largest municipality of the Province of Ilocos Sur in terms of land area with a total of 113 sq. km or 11,365 hectares and composed of 34 barangays. The town has a total population of 45,036 as of CY 2013.
Narvacan Fire Station has 8 BFP uniformed personnel manning 1 unit Isuzu Forward Morita Firetruck with a water capacity of 4,000 liters serving the municipality of Narvacan and Nagbukel respectively. Narvacan Fire Station has been rendering for 32 years of public service.
On the noon of August 18, 2014, the Municipal Mayor , Hon. Zuriel S. Zaragoza requested the assistance of BFP Narvacan in transporting evacuees, victims of flashflood at Brgy. Abour, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur.
This station together with the Philippine Army proceeded to area and have met some unfortunate event along the way such as the sudden surge of flashflood that submerge the firetrucks’ engine and caused the firetruck to stuck in the middle of flooded area. However, the team have accomplished their task and arrived at the evacuation site safely despite incident.
BFP Personnel of Vigan City had to live in a simple and small fire station then. It serves as reception for clients during daytime and as barracks/bedroom for personnel during night time.
Through the administration of HON. EVA MARIE SINGSON-MEDINA as the City Mayor and under the leadership of CINSP FLORO L OBRERO, City Fire Marshal, changes of BFP-VIGAN happened.
CINSP OBRERO upon learning the situation of his men and women, during department heads meeting, he reiterated the provision of construction of new city Fire Station suitable enough to billet Vigan’s Finest Fire fighters and clients and the protection of facilities and equipment .
After several months, the request was finally granted and budgeted amounting to 4.5 million pesos. The new Vigan City Fire Station (VCFS) was relocated at barangay VIII, near Vigan Bus Terminal, side of BFP Provincial Headquarters Ilocos Sur.
The new building was blessed and inaugurated last 26 October 2013 attended by the City Mayor, 1st District Congress man HON RONALD V SINGSON, Provincial Governor of Ilocos Sur, HON RYAN LUIS V SINGSON, City Vice Mayor Lourdes DG Baquiran, City Councils and all department heads of Local Government Unit of Vigan.
This shows the unending support of the Local Government Unit to the Bureau of Fire Protection.
In return, the personnel of VCFS offers an unwavering service to the public, a heartfelt applause and salute of gratitude to these great efforts of our great leaders for seeking the welfare of and providing for more comfort of their man in the field, purposely for upgrading the quality public service of Vigan City.
BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION Tagudin headed by OIC Municipal Fire Marshal SFO4 Henedino R Reduca, moved forward in order to reach the far flung barangays of Tagudin, to disseminate the importance of Fire Safety and Prevention education to its constituents and at the same time campaigning for this year’s fire prevention month objectives.
Some of the Barangays of this municipality are unreachable by our Fire trucks especially during rainy season. This prompted the OIC Municipal Fire Marshal to give priority on this areas for Fire Safety information education and give them basic knowledge on Fire safety suppression and steps to consider in case of Fire and other emergencies.
These extra efforts of Tagudin personnel turned into fruition because of the warm welcome and appreciation of the people in those areas that are visited.
Fire Prevention is one of the key programs of the Bureau of Fire Protection ( BFP ) to lessen fire incidents in the country and to inform constituents about their responsibilities to avoid incidence of fires.
March 1, 2013 – “ Walk for a Fire Free and Fire Safe Nation “ has been conducted in Candon City as part of the Fire Prevention Month. BFP Personnel from the second district of IlocosSur , officials from Philippine National Police ( PNP ) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology ( BJMP ), and criminology students of NICOSAT attended the said activity.
This year’s Fire Prevention Month theme was “ Sunog at Sakuna Paghandaan, Kalikasan ay Pangalagaan nang Matamasa angPag-unlad ng Bayan”, with which the BFP promoted through lectures, firedrills and through broadcast media.
BFP- Candon City, headed by SINSP NEMESIO R VALENCIANO JR, Acting City Fire Marshal, conducted a two-day training / seminar on March 25-26 2013 to the members of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Committee ( MDRRMC ) of Gregorio del Pilar, Ilocus Sur. Lectures on Fire Prevention, Rescue Carrying Techniques, and First Aid were given.
Moreover, on the night of March 30 2013, BFP rescuers tried to rivive Mr. Nestor Valdez, 60, from Patac, Galimuyod, Ilocos Sur from drowning. The incident occurred at Darapidap Beach Resort in CandonCity and was transported to St. Martin de Porres Hospital, also in Candon City.
BFP personnel of Sta. Maria Fire Station started the year with lots of noteworthy activities that build good rapport between the BFP and Barangays within their AOR. One of these activities is the conduct of Ugnayansa Barangay of the whole Barangays of Burgos, Ilocos Sur on March 11, 2013.
Participants of said Ugnayan sa Barangay are the Barangay officials, tanods and other municipal employees of this Municipality. They were taught with relevant information, and trained different skills regarding firefighting, fire prevention and rescue operation. With these noble activities at stake, whenever cases of emergencies and other eventualities occur, these well-skilled citizens can help the firefighters in protecting the lives and properties of the whole citizenry, as they are called force multipliers.
Cabugao Firefighters conduct Fire Safety Lectures to different Barangays and establishment as part of the Bureau’s extensive Fire Safety Awareness Campaign. Residents were taught with fire safety at home, at schools and at workplace, the Classes of fire and how to extinguish destructive fires. They were imparted with guiding principle what to do in case of fire.
Cabugao firefighters are not satisfied in gving lectures alone that is why the participants had the film viewing on fire safety. With this, had the full view of the actual demonstration, for them to figure out of the earlier lecture/dialogue.
Other activities of this station relative to fire safety awareness campaign is the distribution of leaflets, posting of our new telephone number 077-6040020 to strategic areas, the conduct of house to house fire safety lectures, and the open house. Grade school students and teachers were invited during the open house.
On March 22, 2013 Barangay Fire Olypics was conducted by this station and it was held at Cabugao Institute ground, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur. All barangays actively participated in all the events. This was the culminating activity of this station in celebration of Fire Prevention Month 2013.
The MFM said in his opening remarks, that this activity will not only enhance their knowledge and skills in firefighting and recue operations but also promote camaraderie and sustaining their neighboring barangays in times of emergency. He stresses also the role of Barangay officials and tanods when thew BFP is responding in their respective barangays. Unity and oneness is one of the Municipal Fire Marshals’(MFM) major objectives in conducting this Barangay Olympics.
The 33 barangays were clustered in 16 teams having ten ( 10 ) menbers for each team. Barangays that are adjacent to each other formed a team. The contested events are; Hose throwing, Hose connection, Blitz attack, rescue and Tag War. Barangay Turodpatac, Bonifacio, BAto, Cuantacla excel in the all events and they got 1st prize, Brgy. Pila, Caelayan, carusipan, got the 2nd prize, and Brgy. Salapasap, Sisim and Pug-os garnered 3rd prize.
The involvement of all Barangays in this activity was indeed a success, for we are now gearing towards their active participation in every endeavor that we shall undertake.