The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), through the Baguio City district, recently conducted Fire Brigade Accreditation Training among 18 employees from SM City Baguio last September 9-12, 2019.
The training is in compliance with the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Republic Act (RA) 10121 and the revised Fire Code of the Philippines or RA 951 which is meets also the requirement of the Department of Labor and Employment to have an emergency team for preventive measures when companies have more than 50 people inside.
The four-day seminar trained SM City Baguio employees to help handle emergency situations while waiting for the proper responders. The training includes the history of BFP in the Philippines, applying first-aid, rope rescue (for transportation of victims or load), search and rescue, and firefighting.
“The importance of the BFP training is that SM Baguio can be part of the additional manpower for us, and the training will be used by the company in case of emergencies while waiting for the responding teams,” BFP Fire Officer II of the Baguio Fire Station Rafael Antonio Gardose said. He also added that in order to refresh their knowledge from the training, it is important that companies also participate in quarterly disaster drills, like that for earthquake or fire.
According to SM City Baguio Customer Relations Services Manager Peter Julian Jr., “This training is necessary for us because at any time accidents may occur. While we wait for the responding teams such as the BFP, we can use this training to help others. The training is not only for work, but can be used anywhere we go, as well.”
As a participant in nationwide and city-wide disaster drills, SM City Baguio believes in using their venue as a way to spread awareness and knowledge of what to do during disasters and to be alert in case of emergencies to employees and visitors of the mall.
By Karren Nobres