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Nearly 2,000 fire incidents recorded so far since January —BFP

A total of 1,984 fire incidents have been recorded so far in the country since January, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said on Thursday.

“From January 1 to March 1, nagkaroon na po tayo ng 1,984 sa ngayong taon po (We have 1,984 fire incidents this year),” BFP spokesperson Fire Superintendent Annalee Atienza said at a televised public briefing.

She added that the latest record was 21% lower compared to last year's numbers, which was at 2,520 fire incident.

Atienza also said that most of the fire incidents were caused by electrical ignition which is related to the use of appliances and extension wires as well as poor maintenance of electrical wiring.

Meanwhile, Atienza said some local government units still do not have fire trucks and active fire stations. To cover them, she said the BFP would need 168 fire trucks and 2,352 personnel.

Currently, the BFP has 34,363 workers including non-uniformed personnel.

The BFP will start its modernization program this year and will be completed in 10 years, according to the BFP official.

On Wednesday, the BFP kicked off the Fire Prevention Month with a ceremony, noise barrage, and motorcade. Atienza said the occasion will be observed through activities in different regions. —Joviland Rita/ VAL, GMA Integrated News