Fire incidents drop by 70% in 1st half

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has reported more than 70 percent reduction in fire incidents here during the first half of 2021 against the same period last year.

Chief Inspector Rodel Legaspi, city fire marshal, said that only 76 fire incidents were reported from January to June 2021, compared to last year’s 256 incidents.

These comprised of residential, commercial, grass, rubbish, cane, and miscellaneous (no classification) fire, he added.

March registered the highest number of fire incidents with 21, followed by February with 16, April with 14, January with 10, June with 8, and May with 7.

Legaspi said these fire incidents resulted in a total damage of P4,110,300 worth of properties.

Legaspi said that no casualties were reported this year, while one civilian and a firefighter were wounded.

The drop in the incidents indicated that the BFP’s information drive on fire prevention is effective.

He also added that the awareness of the people on fire safety and prevention increased, considering that most of the people are usually at home because of the pandemic.

“More cautious na ang mga tawo subong,” Legaspi said, adding that it really contributed to the reduction of fire incidents here.

Last year, the BFP has recorded a total damage of properties amounting to P5,492,206.

The BFP also recorded no deaths, but one wounded civilian.