BFP deploys firefighter-nurses in MM hospitals

PASIG CITY, May 20 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) deployed 63 of its firefighter-nurses to Metro Manila hospitals Tuesday to augment the health workforce against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The firefighter-nurses deployed in Metro Manila hospitals to augment the medical workforce. (via BFP FB) 

BFP chief Director Jose S. Embang, Jr. led the send-off ceremony, together with Department of Health Metro Manila Center for Health and Development (DOH-MMCHD) chief, Regional Director Gloria Balboa and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.

They are not ordinary nurses from the Bureau of Fire Protection. They have special trainings. Hindi lamang po sila nagreresponde sa mga mapaminsalang sunog, but they have special trainings on paramedics,” said Embang.

The BFP chief also said that BFP personnel are members of the emergency medical services and that their deployment is not only dedicated to augmenting the need of additional nurses but also to respond to other emergencies.

Embang added that the bureau is expanding its role and happy to partner with the DOH and assured that BFP will add more nurses to be deployed.

He also encouraged the firefighter-nurses to perform well and thanked them for their volunteerism.

Likewise, Dr. Balboa expressed her gratitude to the DILG and BFP for their great assistance and assured fire personnel, as modern-day heroes, of their safety and welfare. 

Usec. Malaya also lauded the contribution of BFP and the heroic act of personnel who responded to the call of duty in response to COVID-19.

Malaya said that the first batch of firefighter-nurses which will augment 12 hospitals in Metro Manila is a historic event in this time of pandemic. (PIA-NCR)



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

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