UPLB trains first batch of fire brigade volunteers

The Security and Safety Office (SSO) of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs (OVCCA) held a two-day Basic Firefighting Training for its first batch of trainees and volunteers on May 26 and 27. The goal of the training is to enlist more UPLB community fire brigade volunteers and equip them to combat fire incidents.

The Crisis, Emergency and Response Unit (CERU) under SSO spearheaded the training in collaboration with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Los Baños, led by SINSP Fernando C. Castillo. The training included topics on fire prevention, Action Plan and casualty handling; and donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE) with self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). It also included simulation exercises and ended with a final demonstration.

Special Police Assistant Chief Jonathan D. Maliwat, Section Chief of SSO-CERU, delivered a lecture on Crisis Management based on national guidelines and university policies.

Also present were SSO Officer-in-Charge Atty. Aladdin P. Dominguita, who gave the welcome remarks, followed by Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Roberto Cereno, who gave an inspirational message.  Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr., spoke in the closing program and highlighted the importance of acquiring skills and competencies among UPLB community fire brigade volunteers. The program officially closed with a “wet down” ceremony wherein those who completed the training were sprayed with water from a firetruck.  (Pamela Mai R. Arquiza)

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