“As Nueva Era grows towards progress, having its own fire defense is more than a necessity” says Hon. Mayor Atty. AldrinGarvida during the ceremony held for the official activation of the Nueva Era Fire Station. July 18, 2013 at 0800H when the BFP Ilocos Norte Provincial Office headed by SINSP JOSEPH A ICUSPIT formally inducted the said station thru the Turnover of Personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection to the Local Government Unit of Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte headed by its local chief executive, Hon. Mayor Atty. Aldrin R. Garvida and was accompanied by the Sanguniang Bayan headed by Hon. Vice Mayor Caroline A Garvida.

This momentous event for the LGU came to reality after a series of long and comprehensive coordination between the LGU and the BFP Regional Command. April of 2013 when the LGU purchased a Fuso Fire engine and renovated and dedicated its former public market to house the station in order to show their eagerness to have their own branch of the country’s prime fire protection agency. The fire truck and the building was lent to the bureau for use through a memorandum of agreement between the LGU represented by Hon. Mayor Atty. Aldrin R Garvida and the BFP by the very active Regional Director, SSUPT ALOVEEL B FERRER, DSC. Manning the station are SFO2 Dominador B Ignacio as its first OIC Municipal Fire Marshal, FO1 Feliciano Lazaro as the Operations NCO/FSI/FAI, FO1 April M Alop as the Admin NCO/CA, FO1 Gabriel G Solano as FSES NCO/FSI/BPE, FO1Paul Mark M PATI as the EMS NCO/ Finance NCO and FO1 Michael John T Silvestre as LOG/ SAO NCO.

Immediately, a few days after its activation, Nueva Era Fire Station executed its mandate by inspecting primary buildings in the municipality intensifying it more in the succeeding weeks thereafter. Part of its initial accomplishments includes the intensified fire safety campaign thru fire safety lectures held at Nueva Era Central School on 21 October 2013, Nueva Era National High School on 18 November 2013and Adriano P Arzadon High School on 16 December 2013. These lectures were also accompanied by the fire suppression drills for the barangay tanod in the area empowering the community with measures to execute in case of fire emergency.

In the coming months, the station laid down work plans to intensify its fire safety campaigns holding more Ugnayansa Barangay and community dialogues. This is in order to fully extend its services to the people of Nueva Era as it execute its mandate of maintaining fire safety in its AOR.

article by: FO1 Gabriel G Solano