BFP Baras thanks residents, others for help in controlling Bagong Sirang blaze

Without the help of residents as well as the Baras police and the Baras Water District, the Baras fire station could not have prevented the Feb. 17, 2022 fire in barangay Bagong Sirang from spreading to nearby houses.

WITH THE HELP OF RESIDENTS, the Baras Fire Station organized a bucket relay that helped in preventing the flames from a burning appliance store from spreading to nearby houses in barangay Bagong Sirang last Feb. 17, 2022. By the time responding fire trucks from Bato and San Miguel arrived, only the shell of the two-storey semi-concrete structure remained. Baras BFP

Baras BFP officer-in-charge SFO4 Edwin Castillo last week expressed the appreciation of the station to residents of Bagong Sirang, the Baras police station and the Baras Water District for their assistance during the bucket relay that helped control the fire that hit a two-storey, semi-concrete structure housing a business establishment selling gadgets and appliances.

He likewise thanked the fire stations of Bato and San Miguel for responding to their call for assistance.

According to SFO4 Castillo, the Baras fire station’s lone firetruck was reported to be defective on Feb. 6, or 11 days before last week’s fire, and needed replacement of its starter and battery.

He said that the firefighting equipment had been experiencing breakdowns since it was partially submerged during the storm surge brought by super typhoon Rolly in November 2020.

“Ang fire truck po natin ay made in China kaya medyo mahirap hanapan ng pyesa,” the fire officer said, adding that they initially requested for assistance from the Baras municipal government on May 12, 2021, with the request for a new starter finally approved this year.

“Sabi ng contractor babaklasin yung buong set ng starter para dalhin sa Manila pero hindi kami pumayag kasi nareremedyohan pa naman,” Castillo disclosed.

But on Feb. 6, the firetruck’s water-damaged parts finally gave way, prompting the contractor – Cabugao Truck Parts Center – to remove the entire starter, with the acquiescence of the BFP provincial office.

The contractor told the Baras BFP that it would take from seven to nine days just to look for a replacement part.

Regarding the blaze that reduced a two-storey commercial establishment to a shell, SFO4 Castillo said that upon receiving the report, the Baras fire officers coordinated with the BFP provincial office and responded to the area about one kilometer away.

While waiting for the firetrucks from Bato and San Miguel to arrive, the fire personnel immediately assessed the situation if anyone had been trapped inside and then organized the bucket relay with the help of residents and the police.

In the absence of a firetruck, the Baras fire personnel tapped into the fire hydrant of the Baras Water District, stretched the six water hoses towards the fire for as far as it could and poured water into a steel drum from which the residents could get water using pails.

He conceded that due to lack of pressure, the bucket relay could not douse the already raging flames, with the responding firetrucks left with the job of putting out the smoking embers.

SFO4 Castillo said his office has yet to complete the investigation of the fire incident as of presstime Sunday.

Meanwhile, he reported that their request for a firetruck that was coursed through the LGU and sent to the office of TGP partylist Rep. Jose Teves Jr. has been approved.

The TGP congressman has requested the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for three firetrucks for the towns of Baras, Pandan and Virac.

The defective Baras firetruck with a capacity of 500 gallons was part of the 120 units of Jiangde firetrucks acquired by the BFP in 2016 as part of its modernization program.

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