SAN AGUSTIN, PILI, CAMARINES SUR – 16 employees representing the different divisions and research outreach stations of the Department of Agriculture received certificates of competency after they have completed the 5-day Training of DA 5 Volunteers Brigade on Fire Safety.

DA Bicol OIC Regional Technical Director for Operations and Extension Rodel P. Tornilla said that the training which was held at Lanuza Hall on November 13-17, 2017 was pursuant to Section 6.03.1 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9514 also known as “Fire Code of the Philippines” of 2008. The said RA 9514 mandates the conduct of mandatory training of fire brigades, fire safety practitioners and fire volunteers in different organizations and establishments.


Among the topics discussed were introduction to fire safety services; roles and responsibilities of fire volunteers. They also learned the chemistry of fire; fire alarm and communication system; firefighting safety techniques and procedures; apparatus tools and equipment used in fighting fire such as fire hose and nozzles, fire extinguishers and ladder and personal protective equipment.

There were also exercises on fire suppression and control; ventilation; forcible entry and overhaul; salvage and procedures and fire simulation; search and rescue principles, methods and techniques and emergency medical operations such as basic life support.

Every day of the training ends with practical examination to make sure the participants really learn the lessons for the day. 
Eight fire fighters from the Bureau of Fire Protection of Pili, Camarines Sur served as resources persons and took turns in discussing the modules. They were FO3 Rodel C. Dorosan; FO2 Michael Ray E. Rivero; FO1 Augusto A. Bares, Jr.; FO1 Darwyn Daos; FO1 Nestor Francis Baylon; FO1 Bryan Bustarga; FO1 Ramon P. Sambo, Jr.; and FO1 Rolly Penetrante.

Dr. Salvadora Gavino, Senior Agriculturist, said that the participants who completed the training will compose the DA fire brigade volunteers. (RAFIS)