BFP sees women firefighters at par with male counterparts

March 17, 2012 1:06 am 

MANILA, March 16 – Firefighting has been dominated by men in both professional and volunteer areas.

But these days the Bureau of Fire Protection observed that the impressive performance of women firefighters is drawing praises.

BFP said there are women who actively fight fire alongside their male counterparts.

There are 352 women in uniform in the Bureau of Fire Protection–National Capital Region.

In celebration of the International Women’s Month, the BFP-NCR will conduct activities that will emphasize and distinguish women’s capability, responsibility and contribution in nation-building.

“Contrary to the community’s belief, the women of BFP nowadays are not just only for office work, but women are also well-equipped in terms of prevention and suppression of destructive fires and provision of emergency and medical rescue services as men do,” said BFP director Chief Superintendent Santiago E Laguna said.

The BFP-NCR conducted a fire drill as women firefighters defied odds showcasing actual operation of driving and operating the fire truck, pulling heavy lengths of hose, climbing steep stairs and suppression of fire last March 15, 2012 and will be shown on March 30, 2012 on PTV Channel 4 at 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

This activity promotes gender equality because women today are capable of doing the machismo nature of firefighting as they exemplify bravery in extinguishing a blazing inferno.

Record shows fire incidents in Metro Manila, as of March 2012, have reached at least 683 fire incidents with Php 101, 129,250.00 estimated worth of damage. (PNA) hbc/JCA

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