Operatives of MCFRVI did not keep themselves dry during the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy (International code name Ketsana) in Metro Manila last Saturday, 26 September 2009.
When the rains were at their heaviest, and waters beginning to rise, Metroplex Pumper and her crew responded to rescue 17 children and 30 families at Atok, Barangay Sto. Domingo, Quezon City.
Given the limited resources of the group, Cavalier 6 and Cavalier 5 had to make do with an inflatable bed to use as a rescue boat to ferry the children from their flooded homes to safety.
Swimming against the current while dodging cars being swept by the floods, MCFRVI crew hang on to the sides of the make-shift rescue pod to make sure none of the children fell into the water.
Thanks to equipments of USAID, MCFRVI also led a team of Philippine National Red Cross rescue boats into Talayan Village, also in Quezon City to assist in the rescue and evacuation of trapped residents where roads were turned into raging rivers Saturday afternoon.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) has said that the amount of rain to fall within a span of six hours last Saturday equalled to a month’s worth of rain.It is also said to be double the amount of rain that Hurricane Katrina dumped at Louisiana, USA in 2005.
The recent catastrophe left hundreds of casualties, thousands of people homeless, and 80% of the capital region under water in the aftermath.
MCFRVI is now thinking of refocusing its capability to include water safety and water rescue, given the expected surge in flash flooding in the coming years.
It’s been a long while since we last posted our activities in our site. You can’t blame us for not doing so. Thankfully, there has been a scarcity of fire occurrences in the Metro for the past couple weeks.
Early today though at around 03:11AM, everyone was alarmed when a fire call aired through the radio frequencies. Operators blasted a fire call for verification well within our area of responsibility.
Just a few blocks from the residence of our Fire Chief, MCFRVI personnel quickly responded to the scene surprised to be welcomed by huge sets of flames. Rated at a 3rd level Alarm, the fire gutted down 3 residential buildings. Although no one was reportedly injured at the incident, loss to property was estimated at a whopping P800,000.
Government operatives declared the fire as “put out” around 04:45AM. MCFRVI stayed at the scene for fogging operations up until 05:30AM, ensuring the worried residents that we will not be leaving them until we are sure of their over-all safety.
The structures involved were duplexes so the risk of the fire crawling onto the next unit was high. And having to be closely connected to the burning units, smoke and vapor trails crept thru the ceilings and walls of these units. Thanks to our trained personnel and the oversight of our distinguished Chief, adjoining units were spared from irrelevant flooding operations which in turn may have caused more damage to property. Sometimes, if not most of the time, fire fighting techniques, when done improperly, may cause more harm than good.
The Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers joins the world of Fire and Rescue Service in commemorating the ultimate sacrifice made by the 411 emergency workers who responded to the World Trade Center in New York, that fateful September 11, 2001.
The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) lost 341 fire fighters and 2 Emergency Medical Technicians as they attempted to rescue people trapped in the two towers while fighting the blaze at the same time.
Heroes were not lacking during that time, as fire fighters from across the US volunteered their time and service to help in the search and rescue/recovery on the days following the attack.
Words would never be enough to convey the sentiments of such a great loss.
We remember them in every time Metroplex’s sirens wail in responding to fire calls…
An online portal for the Fire and Rescue community, both volunteers and government has been launched today, 9 September 2009.
Spearheaded by Nova-1 of the Novaliches Volunteers, the website aims to bring together both volunteer and government fire and rescue personnel to enhance coordination and facilitate inter-operability during operations.
Present during the launching at Station 54 Cafe are the different District Fire Marshalls of Metro Manila, headed by the Regional Fire Marshall, F/Sr Supt Pablo Cordeta and officials of different volunteer fire brigades.
MCFRVI will fully extend its support in this endeavour.