The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is all geared up to respond to any emergencies and other eventualities during the observance of All Saints’ Day.

BFP Chief, Director Ariel A Barayuga said that the agency is intensifying its Oplan Kaluluwa scheme by maintaining vigilance and ensure prompt and effective delivery of basic safety, rescue, and emergency medical services during the observance of All Soul’s and All Saints’ Day this week.

Barayuga has also directed all the regional, provincial, and municipal fire stations to establish motorist assistance points along major roads to provide assistance to motorists before and after All Saints’ Day due to expected influx of travelers.

The BFP alert status is raised to Heightened Alert (Code BLUE). Firefighters and Emergency Medical Teams will be deployed to assist in the preservation of peace and order at various public cemeteries as well as to provide medical assistance to the families who will be visiting their departed ones.

On the other hand, the fire bureau has released its official poster bearing the catchphrase “Sa panahon ng pag-alala sa namayapa nating mga mahal sa buhay, huwag maging biktima sa apoy na nakamamatay.”

According to BFP, from January to June this year, 365 fire incidents caused by lighted candles were already recorded and 593 cases last year.

“It is to remind the public to be extra cautious during this occasion, because some people become careless when using their lighted candles. It is very important to practice fire safety consciousness among the community. In case of fire, the BFP can be reached at 117 or through the telephone numbers of the nearest fire station in their area,” Barayuga said.

The said poster will be displayed to all fire stations nationwide and will serve as a reminder to the public about fire safety during the holidays. The initials BFP which stands for Bumbero Friends Palagi is also displayed in the poster to emphasize the role and readiness of Firefighters in responding to public safety services. ###

BFP News Release
28 October 2015
Reference: Office of the Public Information Services, BFP-NHQ