THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP-Mandaluyong City) deputized around 180 public school kids as Junior
According to Mandaluyong City Fire Marshal, Chief Insp, Roberto Samillano Jr., the Junior Fire
Marshals program aims to teach school kids the basic fire prevention and safety in case fire breaks out
inside school premises.
Samillano said the JFM is composed of Grades 4 to 5 students aged 8 to 10 tapped as fire
volunteers or initial responder in the case of fire incidents or any emergencies in their respective
The training was conducted recently by BFP-Mandaluyong City in cooperation with the Local City
government, City Health Department, Red Cross, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
(CDRRMC) and Department of Education (DepEd) Mandaluyong City Division.
Samillano said the first batch of 180 or 10 students from 18 elementary schools participated in
the training held at the Mandaluyong Elementary School. They were given lectures on basic fire safety
and emergency response through fun games and emergency simulation exercises.
The program with the theme “Mag-aaral Alerto sa Mandaluyong” was part of the massive fire
prevention campaign of BFP and aligned with the program of City Mayor Carmelita “Menchie” Abalos under
the “Maging Alerto Mandaleno”.
Abalos was awarded by the BFP-National Capital Region recently as Best Local Government Unit
supporting the agency. The BFP Committee has chosen Mandaluyong City government for its continuing
support on the agency’s mission and campaign for fire-safe communities.