The Muntinlupa Central Fire Station of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) will conduct water rescue training for its personnel and barangay volunteers in preparation for the coming rainy season in support of the Disaster Preparedness Program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
In a statement posted on the DILG website, Muntinlupa City Fire Marshal C/Insp. Rodrick Aguto said this training will be conducted in the eight flood-prone barangays of the city, except Ayala Alabang, that are located near the Laguna Lake.
“We have to undertake efforts to train our personnel as well as barangay volunteers so that they will be better prepared when calamities strike in these low-lying areas,” Aguto said.
The Muntinlupa City Fire Chief, however, did not state any definite date for the training but said that it will start anytime this month near the lake along Alabang area.
Aguto said his office will coordinate with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other concerned agencies to request them to share their knowledge, skills, and expertise in the conduct of the water rescue training program.
“Although fire personnel had already been trained on water rescue in the past, we have to constantly update our skills,” he said.
BFP’s mission is to save lives and properties and its personnel are always the first responders in major calamities and disasters such as the Guihulngan earthquake and Davao flashflood.
BFP Muntinlupa has amphibian and rubber boats that can be used in case of floods and other emergencies.
Earlier, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo called on the support of local government units and all agencies under its jurisdiction to aim for zero casualties in times of disasters. (SGDL/JCRP/DILG/RJB/JCP/PIA NCR)