First fire command operation center launched

Expect immediate assistance from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) during fire incidents and other emergencies in Metro Manila as the fire bureau recently launched its very first Fire Command Operation Center (FCOC) at its regional headquarters in Quezon City.

In a report to Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Catalino S. Cuy, outgoing BFP-National Capital Region (NCR) Director Sr. Supt. Wilberto Rico Neil A. Kwan Tui says the operation center will help fire ground commanders get a better view of the situation on the ground in real time specifically during fire incidents.

At the FCOC, Tui says ground commanders could assess the situation and direct the operations especially on positioning of fire trucks during firefighting operations.

SSupt. Kwan Tui shares that the center is equipped with 10 panels of television monitors, 10 sets of computers complete with accessories, and 10 handheld radio transceivers which were donated by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PCCI) led by Director-General Jess Valera.

We are thankful to PCCI for their generosity, and also to the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) which allowed us to link with their 250 CCTVs that are stationed in different parts of Metro Manila, he states.

According to Kwan Tui, the BFP-NCR has also requested local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila to link the FCOC with their CCTVs for better coordination and assistance during emergencies.

Coupled with our camera-equipped unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone, the FCOC is expected to add to the efficiency and capability of our firefighters in the NCR, he said.

Earlier, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) through BFP-NCR received two units of camera drones from the Filipino- Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FCCCI).

The FCOC will be on 24/7 operations with 10 firefighters manning the center.

Source: Department of the Interior and Local Government

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