From the same Executive Officers and Board of Directors who steered a similar volunteer fire brigade into being recognized as one of the country’s Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations last 2006 and the first Philippine awardee to the ASEAN search of Accomplished Youth Organizations, comes a newly formed volunteer brigade that is ready to serve the community.
The METROPOLITAN COMPOSITE FIRE AND RESCUE VOLUNTEERS, (MCFRVI) Inc.
We are a non-stock, non-profit civic organization involved in public assistance particularly during fire incidents and medical/trauma emergencies, or whenever there is need to ensure public comfort and convenience.
When conceived and organized, the MCFRVI was founded in response to a need, that of responding expeditiously to fire and EMS calls, and raising the status of fire fighting and rescue operations to a position of high responsibility and importance, as well as to enable the youth to actively participate in public assistance and other related activities, especially during calamities, both natural and man-made, particularly during fire and medical/trauma emergencies.
Response time of the government’s Bureau of Fire Protection and other local Rescue Units to fire and EMS calls have been fragmented and without direction, stymied by equipment, training and distance problems that when the need calls for immediate response to fire or medical/trauma emergencies, the fire fighter or rescue personnel, when available, could hardly cope with the exigency.
Sadly, most of the time, he or his equipment is unavailable (i.e. fire truck out of service, inadequate apparatus/rescue equipment, etc).
To help remedy the situation, some responsible young, civic-minded individuals banded themselves together and formed what is now a respected volunteer organization. The METROPOLITAN COMPOSITE FIRE AND RESCUE VOLUNTEERS!
MCFRVI established a Volunteer Fire and Rescue Group that immediately responds to fire incidents as they arise anywhere in the Metro or its suburbs.
Composed predominantly of individuals in their youth (16-30 years of age), its membership is mostly composed of individuals in their youth with varying backgrounds, from in-school and out-of-school youth to young professionals and businessmen.
Funds for the acquisition and procurement of fire and rescue equipment were primarily sourced from a generous loan from a benefactor and contributions, assessments and monthly dues of the incorporators/directors. The initial set of gears and equipment cost the directors close to One Million Pesos, excluding incidentals and other operating expenses.
Having the desire to establish a fire and rescue organization that would best serve and help the community, our first fire apparatus dubbed “METROPLEX PUMPER” rolled out on it’s first official run on 2 September 2007, on a training mission to the Fire National Training Institute in Canlubang, Laguna.
Since then, MCFRVI has been actively responding to fire calls in and around Metro Manila, out of their own volition and expenses, saving countless properties and changing lives of people who, in their absence, would have been fire victims.