UM obtains satisfactory rating for first fire escape drill of the year with BFP

The University of Mindanao obtained a satisfactory rating for its first fire escape drill of the year conducted with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) held last Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the main and embassy campuses.

Representatives from the Bangoy Fire Station conducted the fire safety and prevention seminar and training in the morning for faculty and staff of the school that were divided into teams tasked with either medical response, first responder function, search and rescue, communication, and monitoring; as well as designating building marshals at either campus.

The drill proper started in the afternoon and according to the BFP, the school was fully evacuated within seven minutes of the fire alarm sounding off.

Scenes from the successful fire escape drill.

In the post-assessment session, the BFP rated the performance of the university as ‘good,’ especially with the quick response to three cases of students fainting in the middle of the drill.

There will be another round of fire safety and emergency response drill set for November.

According to Republic Act 9514 or the “Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008” the BFP shall “conduct an inspection of every building or structure within his area of responsibility at least once a year and every time the owner, administrator or occupant shall renew his/her business permit or permit to operate,” and it is stipulated in the same law that no occupancy permit, business, or permit to operate will be issued without securing a Fire Safety Inspection Certificate from the BFP.

 

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