KALIBO, Aklan–True to his word, S/Supt. Jerry Candido of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP-6) has scheduled a sweeping activation of three fire stations in the province of Aklan from January 28 to February 3.
Candido made good on his promise last December to operate and activate those towns without fire stations. Now, the three towns of Nabas, Banga, and Batan have fewer things to worry about when it comes to fire prevention and suppression.
Officially activated first was the Nabas fire station on January 28. The activation ceremony and commissioning of Fire Truck Engine 61 were witnessed by Nabas town mayor James Solanoy and acting Provincial Fire Marshal Chief Inspector Patricio Collado.
The Nabas fire station is headed by Senior Fire Officer I Refrey Refindor, a former Municipal Fire Prevention Officer for the town of Nabas.
On February 3, the regional fire chief will activate two fire stations strategically located in Banga and Batan on the eastern side of Aklan.
In his regional order, Candido assigned Senior Fire Officer II Paul Morales as acting municipal fire marshal of Batan fire station. Morales was the former officer-in-charge of the Fire Safety Enforcement Section of the Kalibo fire station.
Senior Fire Officer I Felinor Suco was designated as acting municipal fire marshal of Banga fire station. Suco was the former chief of the Office of the Provincial Marshal Fire Safety Enforcement Section.
Suco said the local government of Banga, Aklan, through the efforts of Banga town mayor Erlinda Maming, has already allocated a parcel of land for a standard facility along the national highway.
Currently, the Banga fire station will operate at the back of Banga municipal police station.
“May refurbished fire truck ang Banga fire station mula sa New Washington [The Banga fire station has a refurbished fire truck from New Washington],” Suco said.
It was learned that BFP-6 has deployed or is deploying a total of 27 personnel to manage the newly-activated and soon-to-be activated fire stations in Nabas, Banga, and Batan.
To note, Aklan has fire stations in 16 out of 17 of its towns and a sub-fire station in Boracay Island. Lezo town is the only one without a fire station./(Boy Ryan Zabal/INews-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)
Photo by: Felinor Suco