The Bureau of Fire Protection-San Carlos City in Negros Occidental launched Fire Prevention Month through a motorcade Wednesday morning, March 1.
Local, national, and private agencies joined the motorcade along the major streets in the city. In the afternoon, a Unity Pet Walk from the San Carlos City Fire Station to the Rizal Square Public Plaza was held, with 17 dogs paraded in firefighter costumes.
The one-year-old Sugar, a golden retriever owned by Philamer Medina from Calatrava town, was hailed the Bihis Firefighter Pets champion, while one-year-old Havanes, a Shihtzu owned by Yang-yang Delfin of Sto. Niño, Brgy. Buluangan was 1st runner-up. Luna Wall, a half Shihtzu and Pitbull owned by Nicol John Dingding, took 2nd runner-up.
Winners will receive monetary prizes during the culmination of the month-long event. Other activities include tree planting, essay contest, feeding program, and clean-up drive.
Chief Inspector Rufino Tañedo, City Fire Marshall of San Carlos City, said the activities prepared aimed at educating people on fire prevention, citing that safety starts in the home and preventing fire should be observed, not only in March but all year round.
Moreover, Tañedo said the Unity Pet Walk reminds pet lovers that it is their responsibility to save pets during a fire.*