The Bureau of Fire Protection Regional Office 11 (BFP 11) is hiring more “hot” women–females who want to become firefighters.
“We want to emphasize that it is not only men that have capability in combating fire the reason we are hiring female personnel so that we will eradicate division on gender,” Fire Senior Supt.Fred Trajeras, BFP 11 regional director said in an interview Friday at the opening ceremony of this year’s Fire Prevention Month held in Rizal Park, Digos City.
He noted that the BFP started hiring women only in 1994. Currently, Trajeras said 30 percent of the total population of the regional office are women. As part of the opening rites of the Fire Prevention Month, BFP 11 also welcomed newly-hired 25 firefighters, 30 percent of whom are women.
Officials and representatives of the BFP 11, academe, Philippine National Police and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office — Digos City took part in the “Unity Walk for a Fire Safe Nation,” which officially opened this year’s fire prevention month.
Trajeras said this year’s ceremony aims to ensure a safer community through Fire Reduction Empowerment Drive (FRED) program they launched last February.
“We want to inform the public that their participation is very essential in this year’s celebration. I urge the public to help us. Our office is always open for any query and concerns on fire prevention,” he said.
FRED includes fire drills, lectures on proper fire evacuation and building inspections.
“We are taking proactive measures particularly because there was an increase in the number of fire incidents this year compared to last year,” Trajanes added.