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BFP predicts an increase in resources and employees as the 10-year modernization project gets underway.

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This year’s start of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) modernization is anticipated to lead to the purchase of more assets and the employment of more people in order to successfully carry out its duty.

BFP spokesman Supt. Annalee Atienza stated that the force’s modernization will begin this year and last for 10 years during a Laging Handa briefing on Thursday.

“We are also doing our best to make use of the resources that are available, and we thank and appreciate the fire volunteers who help us out during emergency situations. They are also the ones making steps to increase public knowledge of fire prevention, she continued.

Atienza noted that there are still regions of the nation without fire trucks or operational fire stations and said that modernizing the BFP would assist close the significant gap in the fireman-to-population ratio.

She claimed that the BFP requires 2,352 more workers in addition to 168 additional fire trucks, as each fire truck is required to carry 14 people.

Atienza, on the other hand, commended the local government units (LGUs), ranging from the mayors to the barangays and the fire volunteers, for helping to support the BFP’s programs in addition to serving as first responders and important resources during fire emergencies.

Atienza urged the public to be alert for potential fire threats in their homes, stressing that electrical reasons continue to account for the majority of fire events.

“This year, there have been 1,984 fire occurrences between January 1 and March 1. The 2,520 from the previous year had decreased by 21%. The use of our equipment and maintaining correct wiring in our houses are two factors that contribute to electrical emission, which is still the main cause of these accidents, she added.

According to Proclamation No. 115-A, which the late former president Ferdinand E. Marcos signed in 1966, March is observed as Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines.

“Sa Pag-iwas sa Sunog, Hindi Ka Nag-iisa (In Fire Prevention, You’re not alone)” is the subject for this year’s Fire Prevention Month celebration.

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