By JOHLAN F. PROUSABAR
NAGA CITY — This city’s fire station was chosen as the best city fire station in the Bicol region by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
Based on BFP Bicol Resolution No. 2010-03 dated Nov. 15 this year, the Naga City Fire Station was adjudged the Best City Fire Station in Bicolandia for 2010 after various assessments and inspections were conducted by regional officials of the bureau.
With that honor, the Naga City Fire Station will be the region’s nominee in the nationwide Search for Best Fire Stations. Naga City Fire Marshal Achilles Santiago, will also be Bicol’s bet in the Search for the Outstanding Fire Marshals in the country.
The announcement of winners for both categories is scheduled on Dec. 14 this year in a place to be announced later by the Bureau of Fire Protection Central Office.
In an interview with Bikol Reporter, Santiago said the recognition given by the BFP Bicol to the Naga City Fire Station has boosted the morale of his firefighters and underscored the importance of the city government’s support and active participation of fire volunteer groups.
“This proves that we are doing the right thing and that our efforts are not being wasted. Though we know we are short in people – 44 employees compared to the ideal 120-150 people – we really strive to provide excellent services. We are partnering with fire volunteers and LGUs, and even training kiddie and junior firemen,” Santiago said.
Santiago said that the recognition also provides them the motivation to aspire for more. He said they are aspiring to win for next year the Civil Service Commission’s Dangal Bayan and the Pag-Asa awards.
He added that they are making efforts to go beyond their usual mandates, such as doing outreach programs and improving their connections with the media.
“We are doing our best to connect with the community and to intensify our ties with the media. We are not afraid that the media will cover the way we will do our job as we know to ourselves that we are doing the right thing and we will not fail,” he shared, “We even encourage them to be with us in our endeavors of helping the society.”
The Naga fire chief also appealed to the public to support their efforts in securing their households from fire accidents and he requested them to follow some precautions, most especially during the Christmas season.
“Christmas lights should be turn off by the household when they are about to sleep. We also advised them not to use so much interconnected Christmas lights. They should just limit themselves to three interconnected Christmas lights to avoid short-circuiting or overloading,” Santiago said.
“Selling of pyrotechnics is also prohibited till the 3rd or 4th week of December subject to DTI’s decision. If you see someone already selling fireworks this date, please inform us. Also be vigilant to forbidden firecrackers, such as watusi, piccolo and those explosions are so powerful,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Sanggunian Panlungsod (SP) here passed on Tuesday, Nov. 23, a resolution commending the Naga City Fire Station’s excellent performance.