April 20, 2024

In observance of National Fire Prevention Month, Ifugao State University (IFSU) led the charge by organizing fire prevention activities on March 1 at its campus in Lamut.

The initiative is in line with Sustainable Development Goals 3, 11, and 16 which focus on good health and wellbeing, sustainable communities, peace, justice and strong institutions.

IFSU students, faculty, and staff, alongside officers of the Bureau of Fire Protection of Lamut, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management, and various line agencies, participated in a motorcade from Lamut Municipal Gymnasium to IFSU-Lamut Campus.

In his welcome remarks, Lamut Campus Executive Director Nathaniel F. Dimog urged vigilance throughout Fire Prevention Month, emphasizing the crucial role of every individual in fire prevention.

Acting Municipal Fire Marshal, SFO4 Cedrick C. Abagan, emphasized the shared responsibility in disseminating fire prevention knowledge to family members.

Board Member Joselito G. Guyguyon, chair of the committee on disaster management and preparedness, emphasized the universal involvement in firefighting, advocating for continuous learning and proactive involvement in fire prevention initiatives.

Lamut Mayor Victomar H. Bunnol urged steadfast support from students and the community. He reminded boarding house owners to adhere to fire prevention protocols.

Fire Officer III Ralph Ellison H. Dornagon provided a briefing on fire safety protocols, emphasizing the acronym SAFETY: “S – Sound the alarm to alert others of the fire emergency. A –  Alert authorities immediately through emergency number 0926-366-9191. F – Fight the fire if it is safe to do so, using appropriate fire extinguishing equipment and techniques. E – Evacuate calmly but swiftly, following established evacuation routes and procedures. T – Tell others about the fire to ensure everyone is aware of the danger. Y – You are safe once you have evacuated to a designated location.

Practical demonstrations on fire extinguisher usage and emergency response tactics were conducted by BFP personnel, followed by return demonstrations from IFSU stakeholders. Additionally, students from the College of Criminal Justice Education showcased civil command management skills.

The event carried the theme, “Sa pag-iwas sa sunog, hindi ka nag-iisa.”Elvira M. Binohlan