BFP set to launch first all-women fire station

THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is set to launch this month the first all-women fire station in Lingayen town to showcase the equal capability of firewomen with their male counterparts in firefighting.

Provincial fire marshal F/ Supt. Eddie Jucutan, said the 24 women firefighters, expected to end their 30-day training on Oct. 17, are bachelor’s degree graduates and four are capable of driving a firetruck.

He said the all-female program will be initially launched at the Fire Station in Lingayen with Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil’s commitment to support it.

Jucutan said in a fire incident, the first responder will be a fire truck manned by firemen, the second fire truck will be composed of all-women. Lingayen has three fire trucks.

Jucutan said Pangasinan has a total of 586 fire personnel and 118 of them are women.

“So that’s one-third of our population,” Jucutan said.

Having an all-women fire station will be the first in Region 1 and the second in the Philippines, he said. But the first one in Nueva Ecija has been dismantled, he added.

Jucutan said he was inspired by the police station in Siquijor that has all-women policemen.

Meanwhile, Jucutan said the three fire stations being built in the towns of Bautista, San Quintin and Alaminos City are nearing completion.

Up for construction are fire stations in the towns of Bayambang and Umingan while for repair are in Villasis and Lingayen towns, he added.

He also said that they are committed to activating this month the fire station in Sto. Tomas town by deploying complete personnel and equipment. A building has been provided by the local government unit and six of their OJTs will be assigned to Sto. Tomas. (PhilStar Wire Service)

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