By: Dave Andonaque
Editorial Assistant, Publications & Information Office
    Northern Iloilo State University (NISU) President Bobby D. Gerardo and Dr. Jomartin Limson, Dean of the College of Management and West Campus-in-Charge, received a Plaque of Recognition from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region VI at the Eon Centennial Resort Hotel and Waterpark in Jaro, Iloilo City last August 23, 2022
     The award recognizes the institution's significant contribution to hosting the BFP's Recruit Orientation Program Cl. No. 2022-01 "𝐌𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐬" provided the necessary facilities and equipment for the training, which ran from July 1 to August 26, 2022.
     "This award was a Plaque of Recognition for NISU being the venue of the oath-taking and training of the mighty fire trainees organized by BFP Region 6. With the university president's approval to the request of the BFP Regional Director, the west campus served as their training centers," said Dr. Limson.
     NISU West Campus provided the rooms as barracks and lecture stations for the 133 participants from various places in Region VI. The ground and other buildings also served as venues for their firefighting activities, rappelling activities, and physical exercises.
     "Through NISU's facilities, we were able to conduct the training for our aspiring fire trainees. From being mere civilians, they were honed and taught with the right guidance and insights on how to become true uniformed men. They were exposed to intensive training which immensely developed their knowledge, skills, and capabilities to respond in arduous situations as a firefighter," FO3 Rotessa Mae Sinco emphasized.
     As stated, the month-long training was conducted to prepare the new recruits to become familiar with the work and expanded services in their respective communities during emergencies and disasters.
     Anthony D. Bayona, a fire trainee from Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, shared his experience with the BFP training, stating that it helps him prepare to become physically and mentally fit for his responsibilities as a firefighter while also developing trust and foundation with his fellow uniformed men when responding to emergencies.
     On the other hand, part of the training hurdled by the trainees includes the tri-skills, firefighting, basic rescue training (water search and rescue (WASAR) and basic rope technique), and emergency medical services. Apart from that, there were also drills and ceremonies.
     "As an aspiring firefighter, the acquired knowledge from this training cemented my emotional and mental toughness as a person. From our intensive training and pressure, it was like blood, sweat, and tears being sacrificed just to develop our sense of responsibility. Our trainers were passionate about imposing discipline within ourselves to become effective firefighters and uniformed personnel," F/T Kyle Francis P. Canada from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental stated.
     Moreover, on behalf of C/SUPT. Jerry D. Candido, DSC, Regional Director BFP 6, and Class Mabakas, they extended their heartfelt gratitude to the NISU community, Dr. Gerardo, and Dr. Limson for letting them utilize the facilities for the whole duration of the training, the warm accommodation, and assistance showered on them as it contributed to the success of the training.
The Class of Mabakas is set to graduate today, August 26, 2022, at the NISU's Gymnasium.