By: FO1 Frances Diana C Pascua
Exemplary performance and enhanced coordination with the LGUs have proven to be effective strategies for gaining positive reception and support from the general public.
The Local Government of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte has shown once again its undying support to the bureau by providing sets of rescue equipment to BFP San Nicolas, for use in times of disaster. This is a gesture of appreciation for the good quality performance being shown by the men and women of San Nicolas Fire Station.
The turnover of said rescue equipment to the BFP was held at the Municipal Old Plaza, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte on 25 March 2013, just after the traditional Monday Flag Raising Ceremony of the municipality. Hon. Afredo Valdez, Jr, Municipal Mayor, with the presence of all the government officials and agencies, led the turnover of the said set of equipment to the members of BFP San Nicolas under the leadership of SFO2 Clarence S Sulit, OIC, Municipal Fire Marshal.
Mayor Valdez asserted that the additional equipment would augment the number of support facilities to be used during fire incidents and other calamities.
He also appealed to the people present during the turnover to become more vigilant and be regularly updated with what is happening around to ensure safety and protection.
The life-saving equipment given by LGU San Nicolas amounting to Php 410,000.00 included, two (2) Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), one (1) roll rescue rope, 4 (four) rescue 8-rings , four (4) rescue carabineers, four (4) swivels, four (4) double pulley, one (1) rescue stretcher and its accessories, two (2) handheld radio, two (2) fire extinguishers, rescue helmets, four (4) rescue gloves and two (2) rope clamps, among others.
SFO2 Clarence S Sulit, OIC, MFM thanked LGU San Nicolas for their support and lauded the Local Government of San Nicolas for being responsive and supportive to the needs of the BFP in order to better deliver the best service to the public.
This endeavor by LGU San Nicolas strengthens the capacity of the station unit to institutionalize measures for reducing catastrophe risk, either natural or man-made and enhancing preparedness and response capabilities at all levels.