By Chito Chavez
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is expected to improve its fire-fighting efficiency as it starts to use modern devices which may come in handy especially when fire trucks course through narrow alleys and densely populated areas leading to the firemen’s call of duty.
With camera drones becoming more and more popular these days, acting Interior and Local Government Secretary Catalino S. Cuy said the high-tech device proved to be very useful for BFP-Muntinlupa City as local firefighters tried to douse a fire that broke out in a residential area near the toll plaza in the city.
Citing a report submitted by BFP-Muntinlupa City, Cuy said that with the use of the camera drone, firefighters were able to get an aerial view of the fire which enabled them to monitor and assess the gravity of the situation.
“I laud BFP-Muntinlupa City for adopting innovative ideas to make it easier for firefighters to put out the fire. I hope that other local fire stations would follow your lead and find ways on how they can be more effective in their fire suppression activities,” he said.
For his part, Fire Marshal Gilbert Dolot said that they have been using drones to see the progress of suppression activities for quite some time now.
“Usually, we survey the fire scene on top of high rise buildings near the area. But with drone cameras, we can assess if the fire will spread and determine the direction of the fire. In that way, we will know where to park the responding fire trucks for a shorter hose laying,” said Dolot.
He said their drone is operated by two firemen namely, FO2 Irving Banda and FO1 Jimmy Padernilla.
According to Dolot, fire incidents in Muntinlupa can now be viewed in real time via Iphone or Ipod at the ground by local firefighters.
“The drone provides us an accurate picture of the situation on the ground. It can monitor the place of the fire incident within a two-kilometer radius,” he said.