(Metro News) BFP, volunteer fire trucks go around Metro Manila for ‘Iwas Paputok’ and New Year fire prevention

December 31, 2009 11:40 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 31 –- Fire trucks of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Association of Philippine Volunteer Fire Brigades Inc. (APVFBI) went around Metro Manila on Thursday to remind the public of the government’s "Iwas Paputok" or anti-firecracker and fire prevention campaign during the New Year celebrations.

Sirens blaring and streamers on the fire trucks with motorcycle-riding volunteers in tow, the BFP and fire volunteer officials passed through main thoroughfares of Quezon City, Manila, Makati City and other parts of the metropolis.

They reminded the public to be careful and keep watch against fires in welcoming the New Year with pyrotechnics.

Some of the fire trucks were seen by the Philippines News Agency (PNA) making rounds on Mindanao and Tandang Sora Avenues in Barangay Tandang Sora, Novaliches, Quezon City.

BFP head Chief Superintendent Rolando Bandilla said windows of houses should be kept closed and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanks in check against leaks to prevent fires.

He said the shut windows would prevent any stray and live firecrackers from getting into homes and causing deadly fires at the height of the New Year’s midnight celebrations.

“Smoking should also be prohibited, as this is the major cause of fire based on our statistics,” Bandilla added.

Bandilla also reminded the public not to burn tires which, he said, is not only harmful to one’s health but is also one of the causes of “ecological imbalance.”

He said that all firemen are on alert for possible fires and all of his men are on standby.

“Our firemen are not on vacation because they are most needed during these times. We need them to implement and increase our firefighting capabilities. We will also be maximizing our equipment. We have already intensified our operational readiness,” Bandilla said. (PNA) scs/JCA

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