Another fire hit Laperal Compound at Guadalupe Viejo in Makati City at noon on Tuesday, 19 April 2011.
The fire which lasted more than two hours reached the highest alarm level – General Alarm, within half an hour after it started.
Responding fire fighters including those from Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers had to contend with the scorching heat of the summer noon and strong winds which made their operation arduous. The maze-like configuration of the compound, coupled with the chaos the fire incident caused the community added to the difficulty of the crew in putting out the fire.
It can be remembered that an equally big conflagration hit the same area in the past which left at least two-thousand (2,000) families, approximately 10,000 people, homeless.
The fire was allegedly brought about by an over-heated computer while several reports point to a rice-cooker left unattended burned at least 900 houses.
The fire was declared out a few minutes before 3:00 PM.
With the recent quakes to hit our neighbor Japan, followed by unprecedented Tsunami, disaster response organizations, particularly frontline first responders, should re-visit their operational strategy in addressing such incidents in the country.
In particular, emergency response personnel and organizations should therefore ensure preparedness should any unwanted need arise.
That said, to further enhance the operational capability and expertise of the Organization, the Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers, Inc. has been continuously training with the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Quezon City Chapter.
Over the past weeks, PNRC-Quezon City has been conducting joint disaster preparedness drills with MCFRVI. The training modules include response scenarios, Incident Command System, Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue and other protocols related to various exigencies.
These capability building trainings are organized to support both organizations’ inter-operability should any incident arise that may require the assistance of both organizations.
PNRC – Quezon City and MCFRVI partners with Barangay Paang Bundok headed by Triton Alpha (William Chua) in this undertaking.
Metroplex Pumper responded to a 3rd Alarm Fire Call at Tabon Street, Malaria, Caloocan Sunday early morning.
The alarm was sounded before 0300H. Novaliches Volunteers, responding with Nova-TANKER headed by Nova-1, were first on the scene with the Bureau of Fire Protection coming half an hour later. It must be noted that the closest BFP Unit to the area is at least 15 kilometers away at Caybiga, Caloocan, leaving fire response of the whole of North Caloocan to the care of Novaliches Volunteers.
Five fatalities were discovered at the scene which consumed a Bakery stall and a row of houses made of light materials.
For immediate fire-rescue response, you can call the Association of Philippine Volunteers Fire Brigades at 522-2222.