The Bureau of Fire Protection absorbed 422 new firefighters with the rank of Fire Officer 1 (FO1) after successfully passing the qualifications and the recruitment processes intended for the position.
The first and second batch of recruits took their oath last Tuesday while the rest of the recruits took their oath yesterday at the BFP National Headquarters in Quezon City.
As of today, more than 70 recruits are still on the process of complying some of the requirements to finally complete the 500 FO1 quota in the National Headquarters alone.
BFP Officer-in-Charge CSUPT CARLITO S ROMERO administered the oath taking of the newly-absorbed FO1. Fire officials, personnel and families of the recruits witnessed the event.
In his speech, General Romero emphasized the benefits as well as the struggles of being a firefighter. He said that being a firefighter requires mental, emotional and physical strength and stability in order to perform different tasks efficiently. “Remember, you are not civilians anymore. You are no longer ordinary persons. You are now extraordinary because people will be relying on you. From now on, you will save lives,” he added.
The said recruits will be distributed to BFP regional offices nationwide to render On-the-Job training while waiting for the schedule of Fire Basic Recruit Course at the National Fire Training Institute in Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna.
When all the recruits have complied the said mandatory training, they will be assigned to fire stations that are being constructed in different parts of the country.
The Fire Bureau will conduct another set of recruitment before the end of this year for continuous augmentation of the organization’s workforce.
The said recruitment is one of the priority programs of DILG Secretary MAR ROXAS to support the modernization program of the BFP that will address the demand of quality and reliable fire protection and safety services.