To help protect any property from fire incidents that usually increase at the onset of this summer season, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has revitalized its partnership with Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. in implementing fire security and emergency response initiatives within both organizations, while providing safety programs for external communities and groups.
This renewed collaborative effort, likewise, introduced “KAISA: Call to action against destructive fire campaign,” a BFP program that promotes the active participation of various societal sectors.
BFP Fire Director Jose S. Embang Jr., expressed his gratitude and lauded the energy company’s constant commitment to fire safety and the role it has taken in strengthening the national infrastructure in this area.
For Pilipinas Shell’s Vice President for External and Government Relations Sergio Bernal Jr., the renewal of their alliance shows the oil giant’s resolution to continue in its nation-building programs, and in this case, to ensure, promote, and grow fire safety practices in the country, whether at home, work spaces, industrial hubs, or in any property.
“Safety is paramount in our industry now, especially for Pilipinas Shell. Partnering with like-minded agencies is something that we really treasure. The Memorandum Of Agreement is one strong sign of this commitment,” he said.
The Pilipinas Shell-BFP partnership has been successful over the years in producing the most comprehensive, educational and empowering fire safety projects for various groups across different local sectors.
These include the Junior Fire Marshal program, which trained over 8,600 students and 166 volunteer teachers on fire safety.
The partnership also led to continuous training both for internal and external stakeholders like the Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness program that helped around 430 community volunteers learn more about the protocols to remember and implement during major calamities.
To further equip their employees in their different facilities, Pilipinas Shell also held Joint Fire Emergency Response Drills in 16 of its fuel terminals, as well as a Joint Oil Spill Response drill in the Tabangao site.
Also, it established a Community Satellite Fire Station in Batangas City, which the local BFP operates to respond to any fire emergency from surrounding homes and businesses in the area.
“Through the years, I think this is all about learning and sharing,” said Bernal, as he expressed his hopes to continue learning and sharing knowledge, capabilities, and practices on fire safety with the BFP for years to come.