Prioritize safety during explosive-related incidents

SAN JOSE, Antique, March 10 (PIA) -- The public was advised to prioritize their safety should there be occurrence of explosive-related incidents, according to the Provincial Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Canine Unit (PECU).

During the first quarter bomb threat simulation test held at EBJ Plaza in San Jose, Police Captain Roi Robin Urbina, PECU Officer-in-charge, shared that people could be hit with the fragmentation of an improvised explosive device, hence, public safety is of utmost concern.

Police Capt. Roi Robin Urbina, OIC of the Provincial Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Canine Unit (PECU) - Antique cites the importance of the conduct of the quarterly bomb threat simulation exercises such as preparedness of the personnel and ensuring the safety of the public in such emergency scenarios. (pia6-LML)

“Kun matabo, evacuate lagi ang area kag follow kita sa mga authorities para ma-lessen naton ang possible casualty sa community (If this happens, evacuate immediately at the area and follow the authorities to lessen the possible casualty in the community),” Urbina said.

He emphasized to avoid crowded areas as bomb attacks may occur twice in which the secondary explosion can cause harm to the rescue responders.

The conduct of the quarterly bomb threat simulation exercise aimed to harness and evaluate the skills and preparedness of the PECU personnel and responders on handling explosive devices.

“‘Yung mga first responders naton, at least mabal-an nanda ang protocol, ang systematic nga procedure para e-conduct ang pag-response sa mga explosive related incidents (For our first responders, at least they would know the protocol and systematic procedure to respond to explosive related incidents),” Urbina explained.

The bomb simulation exercise began with a package left in the middle of the plaza and a trained canine was used to detect the explosive content.

A water disruptor, meanwhile, served as the explosive charge to destroy the package and dismantle the elements.

The components of the explosive device were examined by the PECU and the area was surveyed and secured from individuals.

The exercise was a joint simulation with the San Jose Municipal Police Station and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).

Urbina cited that the exercise went efficiently and was done with safety precautions to prevent any injuries.

To note, it was in November 2020 when PECU was deployed in Antique to form part of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) program to localize national operating support units.

Prior to PECU’s deployment in the province, explosives experts had to be requested from the regional office in Iloilo.

The PECU urged individuals to contact them at these numbers 09065143004 or 09956408000 for issues and concerns regarding explosive devices.  (LTP/LML-PIA6 Antique) 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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