Fire drills now mandatory in Dagupan

THE Dagupan Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) passed on first reading an ordinance last week mandating all owners, managers or administrators of private and government high-rise buildings, schools and hospitals in Dagupan to conduct fire and hazards phenomenal drills twice a year or every quarter.

Known as “Preparedness in Buildings during Fire and Other hazard Phenomenal Ordinance,” authored by Councilor Alvin Coquia, the drills will involve practice and directing locations, use and operation of emergency exits, fire escapes, doors and fire extinguishers and for proper evacuation of buildings by students, teachers, and other school personnel; in the event of fire.

Fire and other disaster drills must include complete evacuation of all persons in the building. In schools, teachers and personnel must train how to assist students during evacuation.

Administrators of hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, orphanages, day-care centers and other buildings used for the care of or occupied by the sick, infirm, or injured are required to conduct safety drills simulating emergency situations.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management  Office will maintain a record of compliance by all buildings with the mandated training and drills so all scheduled trainings and drills must be reported.

The CDRRMO, together with the Bureau of Fire Protection, Panda and other volunteer fire brigade will oversee the compliance of the ordinance in the city.

Building administrators or any person in charge of the administration or management of educational establishments, healthcare institutions and public and private workplaces who refuse or fail to comply shall be given a warning for the first offense; a fine of P3,000 for the second offense; and a fine of P5,000 for the third offense.

Proceeds from the fines will be funneled to the CDRRMO for this use for disaster prevention and mitigation programs of the city. (Leonardo Micua)

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