Metro Manila – PAGASA, the weather bureau, has dubbed Typhoon Rolly as the strongest typhoon yet for the year 2020. Several comparisons were made with 2013’s Typhoon Yolanda in terms of strength.
The whole country, including firefighters as first responders, braced itself for Rolly’s first landfall. Friday, October 31, NCR firefighters prepared their equipment for flood and/or typhoon rescue, and patrolled the streets to alert and remind people to prepare for the super typhoon.
Come Sunday, BFP NCR Director, CSupt Gilbert Dolot, made his rounds throughout the metro to check on the condition of his troops and their readiness to meet and weather the challenges of the impending disaster.
BFP NCR firefighters proceeded to identified low-lying or flood prones areas, especially those near bodies of water, such as the Marikina River, Pasig River, and Batasan-San Mateo River, as well as the water at Navotas Fish Port. They also monitored the water levels of the creeks in Brgy. Maytunas, Brgy. Rivera, Brgy. Progreso, Brgy. San Perfecto, Brgy. Salapan, and Brgy. Ermitaño. All were fortunately at normal levels.
In collaboration with the NDRRMC, PNP and barangay leaders, BFP NCR firefighters conducted preemptive evacuation and helped set up modular tents in evacuation centers.
When the worst was over, they immediately started the clearing operations, including removal of fallen trees and other road obstructions. BFP NCR firefighters were also there to ensure the safe return of evacuees to their homes from various evacuation sites.