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CWD conducts Fire Safety Drill

On March 15, 2023, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) of Casiguran Sorsogon assisted Casiguran Water District employees in conducting a FIRE SAFETY DRILL. Under Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A, the month of March has been designated as “Fire Prevention Month” due to the “alarming increase of fire incidents happening across the country during this particular period.” The Bureau of Fire Protection is in charge of implementing a variety of initiatives and informational campaigns that promote fire safety.

            The demonstrations and trainings were facilitated by SFO3 Rene E. Ariate together with his team: SFO3 Ricky G. Dionela, SFO2 Rey Doecareza, SFO2 Edgardo Ayende, SFO1 Chona Banico, and SFO3 Elmundo Joven. The training began with lectures on information about Fire Prevention Month. SFO3 Ariate went over each fire classification in great detail to give everyone a better understanding. Real-world scenarios were presented to help participants understand what would happen in the event of a fire. The firemen emphasized that it is critical for everyone to have the necessary trainings and expertise to keep themselves and their families safe.

A contained fire in a drum was used during the demonstration on how to properly use a fire extinguisher, wherein, a large number of CWD personnel took part in the aforementioned procedure for extinguishing a fire. Along with the demonstration of how to properly use a fire extinguisher using key points P-A-S-S (Pull the Pin, Aim, Squeeze the Lever/Handle, and Sweep Side by Side), there was an actual fire exit drill in which each a step-by-step procedure was performed. During the training, the officers in charge made certain that everyone was safe.

“In the observation of Fire Prevention Month, our firefighters want our fellow residents to exercise vigilance and be knowledgeable on preventing fire incidents,” SF03 Ariarte said. The following were the insights on the conducted fire safety drill; 1) Check and ensure fire hazards – unattended lighted candles, gas stove/burner, overloaded and faulty electrical connections, and appliances. 2) Keep safe important documents, cash, and belongings in a go-to bag in an easy-access location during an emergency. 3) Know how and when to fight a fire, and 4) Never go back after evacuating a building until the authorized personnel declares it safe. 

“For concerns and situations beyond our capabilities, always consult experts,” SF03 Ariarte advised. He further assured CWD employees that the Bureau of Fire Protection is eager to assist and help residents to ensure their safety.

The words of wisdom shared to CWD employees: “Think of fire before it starts, because fire can kill.”