The Bureau of Fire Protection-Trece Martires City in partnership with the Provincial Government of Cavite brought the House of Berong, an interactive fire safety education platform, on tour teaching about fire hazards and basic emergency response among children in evacuation sites in Alfonso on January 24, 2020. It provided not just timely fire safety information but also a form of psycho-social support for the young in the aftermath of Taal vocano eruption.
Led by SINSP. Alma Cassandra Gardose, the team of firefighters from BFP-TMC setup the House of Berong in coordination with BFP-Alfonso and the local government and taught the children some basic first aid lessons during emergency, the common fire hazards at home, safety tips, how to extinguish fire from burning pan while cooking, and the proper way to respond in case of fire by crawling down below the smoke. They also had the chance to experience being little firefighters for a day as the team from BFP demonstrated the use of firehose and let them try using the equipment firsthand.
First stop of the fire safety caravan was at Matagbak Elementary School followed by Marahan Elementary School both in the town of Alfonso. The team from BFP-TMC are also targeting to visit evacuation centers in other LGUs to conduct more education campaign for children.