CAGAYAN de Oro City–The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) needs to tap every barangay especially in putting out a fire for the agency to be effective and efficient in its firefighting efforts, fire officials said.
To realize the vision, City fire marshal Supt. Alan Cabot said the BFP is organizing the Community Fire Auxiliary Group (CFAG) in all of the city’s barangays.
At present, more than half of the city’s barangays have organized their respective CFAGs.
“The CFAGs play a vital role in firefighting as we consider them our force multiplier,” he said.
Chief Superintendent Lindy Lauzon, the BFP-10 regional director, said the CFAG can prevent the fire from spreading before the fire trucks arrive.
He said fires start at the incipient stage and it is essential that it will be put out right away.
“With the presence of the CFAGs, we expect them to do the necessary initial action against the destruction fire. That’s how important their role is,” Lauzon said.
Cabot said the CAFG can act as the first responder in case of fire. The standard ratio set by the BFP is one fire truck per every 25,000 inhabitants.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority’s 2015 data, Cagayan de Oro has more than 676,000 people.
Cabot said the 15 firetrucks, with 105 personnel, that the city has will be insufficient to respond to a fire distress call.
That is why, he added, the CFAG will be a great help to the BFP in its firefighting and fire prevention efforts.