By: Easter Anne Doza
BACOLOD City – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Negros Occidental recently initiated a three-day Basic Incident Command System (BICS) Training Course to 41 participants at Buenos Aires Mountain Resort in Bago City.
Participants included 37 fire officers from the different towns and cities and representatives from invited government agencies – Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, National Police Commission and the Philippine Information Agency.
BICS is an eight-module training course which will enable participants to obtain the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are essential for the application of basic concepts and principles of ICS in any disaster situation.
BFP Provincial File Marshal Fire Superintendent Pamela Rojane Candido shared that BICS started and implemented by firefighters in the United States and eventually adopted in the Philippines.
“I hope the BICS is not just a new learning, but will prepare us of any eventuality may it be human-induced or natural disasters,” Candido told the participants.
Resource persons were cadres or experts including retired police general Ranulfo Demiar, Amity Public Safety Academy Administrator Radny Pabon, Bago City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Dr. Merijene Ortizo, Bago City Fire Marshal FSINP Vencie Jojo Aldeguer, Office of Civil Defense 6 Engr. Joseph Paul Nogra and Candido.
“The most important thing for me is to know the fact that a lot of people now know about the ICS, with the hope that we can implement this even in our own little way in our respective area of jurisdiction,” Demiar urged participants. (PIA)