Mayor Albee Benitez, along with Councilor Pao Sy, convened a crucial meeting at the SP Hall, bringing together key stakeholders such as the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Chamber Volunteer Fire Brigade, AMITY, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO), BACIWA, Prime Water and DSSD. The purpose of this gathering was to address pressing issues related to disaster response and firefighting strategies in the city especially in the recent fire incident at Brgy 7, today.

One of the focal points of the discussion was the necessity of incorporating drones into the city’s emergency response system. The participants acknowledged that there are instances where accessing affected areas becomes challenging or dangerous. By utilizing drones equipped with visual technology, they can overcome these obstacles and effectively locate and assess emergency situations.

To enhance the efficiency of emergency protocols, the meeting highlighted the importance of establishing red zones within the barangays. These designated areas would serve as a means to alert residents about specific protocols to follow during emergencies, particularly in the case of fire incidents. Additionally, the red zones would help prevent congestion and facilitate a prompt and coordinated response from the relevant authorities.

Water supply emerged as another crucial topic on the agenda. The attendees aimed to initiate discussions with the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) and explore potential collaborations regarding water availability during firefighting operations. Furthermore, the meeting explored the feasibility of procuring additional water tankers to ensure an adequate water supply for all the fire brigades operating in the city.

Mayor Albee Benitez, along with Councilor Pao Sy and the assembled stakeholders, recognized the significance of collective efforts in fortifying the city’s emergency response capabilities. Through strategic partnerships, technological advancements, and proactive measures, they aimed to create a safer and more resilient environment for all residents of the City of Bacolod.
(Source: Bacolod City Public Information Office)

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