Marikina City – The Metro Manila Fire Service Command, better known today as the Bureau of Fire Protection National Capital Region (BFP NCR), used to stand alongside Fire District III and Makati City Fire Station in its early days. BFP NCR’s current base has been a neighbor to Ramon Magsaysay High School-Cubao, Quezon City since the mid 90’s.

Effective October 20, 2020, Marikina has assigned 1.8 hectares to the Bureau of Fire Protection through a usufruct agreement inked between Marikina City Government and the DILG, together with its line agencies (BFP, PNP and BJMP), on the same day. The expanse of land will be utilized for the construction of BFP NCR Regional Headquarters with training facility, Marikina Central Fire Station, and the country’s first life safety learning center cum museum like those in Japan and South Korea.

“With activated command center, BFP will be able to scale up its rapid response in times of emergencies,” DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año envisioned as he thanked the Marikina City Government for sharing its resources with the department.

In photo: (L to R) CSupt Gilbert D Dolot, RD, BFP NCR, Director Jose S. Embang, Chief, BFP and Marcelino R. Teodoro, Marikina Mayor

In photo: CSupt Gilbert D. Dolot signs the deed of usufruct

Meanwhile, firefighters of the capital region rejoice over the future of its regional headquarters in Marikina City. The signing of the deed of usufruct with one of the illustrious local chief executives of our time, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino R. Teodoro, paves the way to a bigger and modern regional headquarters that will soon rise within the city’s public safety and disaster preparedness complex. The regional headquarters is projected to accommodate more clients with its more spacious offices, complete with a training facility for recruits and in-service firefighters. It also boasts of having the first-ever BFP museum with interactive learning facilities open to the public in aid of the bureau’s relentless campaign for fire safety, emergency management, and disaster preparedness.

Together with the choppers, fireboats, amphibious vehicles, GPS-activated fire trucks, fire dogs, this visualized BFP NCR is part and parcel of the journey towards becoming a globally competitive Bureau of Fire Protection. All these are in line with the bureau’s ongoing modernization towards the realization of the agency vision of becoming fully capable of ensuring a fire-safe nation by 2034 and beyond.

Director Jose S. Embang, Jr., BFP Chief, and CSupt Gilbert D. Dolot, BFP NCR Director, are among the parties to the usufruct agreement signed at Kapitan Moy, Marikina City.

In Photo: (L to R) Director Jose S. Embang,Jr, Chief, BFP, Marcelino R. Teodoro, Marikina Mayor and Eduardo M. Año, DILG Secretary

In Photo: ( L to R) CSupt Gilbert D. DOLOT, RD, BFP NCR, SSupt Ricardo C. Perdigon, District Fire Director, FD IV, and Director Jose S. Embang, Jr., Chief, BFP) Photo credit:FO3 Lou Xavier Lauraya