The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Regional Office 1 under the dynamic leadership of its Regional Manager Vicente R. Vicmudo commissioned  sixteen strong-willed employees for a 5-day training at the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Urdaneta Office last September 3 to September 7, 2018.

The management initiative is part of the agency’s celebration of this year’s National Disaster Resilience Month in partnership with the BFP to train office personnel to help suppress fire and other related incidents.  

Accordingly, Republic Act 9514, also known as Fire Code of the Philippines, enjoins all business establishments employing at least fifty (50) persons to organize fire brigade to deal with related emergencies in addition to the requirements set forth under the Act for the grant of Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC).

The first batch who were certified as full-pledged fire brigade of the agency to respond in case of fire and other related emergencies within the office perimeter are Engr. Placido B. Duldulao, Engr. Susimo G. Domingo, Engr. Teodorico N. Mejia, Cesar E. Ferrer, Jason T. Baraquio, Reynaldo B. Sotelo, Edgar S. Caguiat, Sr., Ronaldo C. Valdez, Engr. Adrian R. Pajulas, Engr. Gesiver C. Manaois, Marlouie V. Batalla, Raymond A. Locquiao, April Joy C. Justado, Malou S. Ferrer, Dahlia M. Diemsen and Irish F. Maiquez. The Fire Brigade

Training consisted of lectures on organizational requirements, roles and responsibilities of the fire volunteers, firefighting apparatus and equipment, personal protective equipment, and the chemistry of fire. A thorough briefing on first aid to extreme medical emergencies, as well as the proper way of conducting a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was well-appreciated by the trainees. After the lecture, the participants had a drill in the regional office which was assessed based on the ability to apply the proper first aid on a certain accident, and the proper conduct of CPR was simulated. The last day of the training was all about Fire Fighting, wherein the NIA Fire Brigade learned about the different styles of hose throwing and hose retrieval. The brigade also learned the proper use of fire extinguisher, the proper  holding of nozzle and hose, as well as the proper communication used when fighting live fire.

The Fire Simulation was held at Oval Grounds of Urdaneta City National Highschool.The BFP tactical officers who were responsible for the training program of the NIA Fire Brigade are SF01 Reynaldo C. Tamayo,  SF01 Amante C. Battalao, SF01 Jocelyn P. Cancino, F02 Gwen May Amor Elegores, F01 McLym D. Amansec, F01 Berson S. Castro, and F01 Febilyn Dumao.