The Kiangan Bureau of Fire Protection Office held a two-day Oplan Ligtas na Pamayanan (OLP) training for the barangay council of Barangay Bolog, this town.
BFP-Kiangan Head David Umhao said the training aimed to form community fire auxiliary groups (CFAG), a group of community volunteers who will be the first responders during fire-related emergencies.
The BFP organi-zers formed a CFAG on the first day of the training with 12 participants who were oriented on the OLP program and its components, such as the Kaagapay Program and Community Fire Protection Plan.
The BFP also discussed the chemistry and elements of fire, methods of fire extinguishment, and liquefied petroleum gas management.
Ricky P. Guade, Fire Officer 1, said the purpose of the said training is to instruct the CFAG regarding fire prevention.
He said the training would be implemented in all the barangays of Kiangan to teach every member of the community how to properly respond to fire incidents.
The organizers conducted return demo activities such as firefighting, clo-sing a gas tank, and busted hose replacement.
Marjorie Bulawan, Bolog Health Worker and one of the participants, said the activity made the CFAG realize the difficulties of responding to fire emergencies.
“The CFAG members may have found the training difficult, but they were glad and grateful for the knowledge and skills they had gained,” she said.
The conduct of the OLP is provided under the Department of the Interior and Local Governance Act of 1990 and the Fire Code to institutionalize fire prevention initiatives at the grassroots level.
The program is in response to the growing demand for a more adaptive, comprehensive, and immersive fire protection program for the communities. – Rosalinda L. Sangdaan