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.