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.
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.
Through the effort and initiative of then OIC Municipal Fire Marshal SFO4 Roberto C Fiesta together with his staff during his term before he retire last 10 October 2012 , the Local Chief Executive, Hon. Mayor Zuriel S. Zaragoza, granted the request for the repainting of Narvacan Fire Station last December 2012. On January 2013, the repainting of the fire station was completed.
Now Narvacan Fire Station has a new look after 16 years since it was built.
In order to cope up with the demands of making reports and compliances on time, an office must have a computer set. This station was provided a computer set during the time of the former MFM SFO4 Rodolfo Q Molina but the problem is its printer, an HP Deskjet D2660 model with non-refillable ink cartridges which are very expensive to maintain. Upon assumption of duty as Acting Municipal Fire Marshal of this station, SFO2 Romeo P Medrano initiated the provision of a bottom-less printer and requested it to the office of the Municipal Mayor. On February 14, 2013, the dream of the personnel of this station to have an economical printer was realized as the Local Government Unit under the leadership of Municipal Mayor Hon. Mark Anthony A. Purisima donated an EPSON L110.
Organization of a Community Fire Brigade as mandated in Rule 6 Division 2 Section 188.8.131.52 Paragraph D of the New Fire Code of the Philippines (RA 9514) is very much needed in all barangays of our country for faster and efficient delivery of public service. When we speak of public service within the community, first to be recalled in to our minds are the barangay tanods. Yes they are our multipliers and first responders in case of fire and other emergencies within their respective barangays. And these realities did not escape the vision of our energetic Acting Municipal Fire Marshal SFO2 Romeo P Medrano.
As early as the first week of January of this year, our Acting MFM coordinated with the concerned officials of this municipality for the conduct of Barangay Tanod Skills Enhancement Training/Seminar and presented to them the activity’s Program of Instruction and was approved right away by the ABC President, Hon. Efren J. Pula, the DILG Officer, MLGOO Racquel Pilotin and the Municipal Mayor, Hon. Mark Anthony A. Purisima. Barangay Tanods of the fifteen (15) barangays of this municipality were clustered into three (3) groups (5 barangays per group): one from the eastern barangays, another from the metro poblacion area and also one from the southern barangays.
On March 16, 2013, the group from the eastern barangays was the first to be trained and followed by the group from the Metro Poblacion barangays which was conducted on April 6, 2013. During the course of these activities, their roles as a community fire brigade, basic first aid and rescue techniques, fire suppression as well as fire prevention and safety were taught to them. As highlight of these activities, participants were required to conduct a return demonstration in order to showcase what they have learned on the said trainings and as expected, this program produced a positive output – and that they are now truly considered as our partners in the implementation and enforcement of the bureau’s thrusts and programs.