Armed firefighters will boost government’s anti-crime drive - PNP

Armed firefighters will boost government’s anti-crime drive - PNP

The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomes the idea of arming firefighters in pursuit of the government eradicating criminality in the country, this following the suggestion of President rodrigo Roa Duterte to provide members of the Bureau of Fire (BFP) with guns.

“The PNP supports the idea of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to arm uniformed members of the BFP as augmentation forces in law enforcement and public order operations of the police,” PNP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac 

“This move of tapping the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) as force multiplier by allowing its uniformed personnel to bear firearms would also further bolster the government’s campaign against criminality and effectively capacitate the BFP in responding to national emergency,” Banac added.

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Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año uon heaing the suggestion of the Chief executive, seconded the idea “at least for self defense.”

Banac explains that security has always been an issue and concern of the BFP “everytime its personnel respond to fire incidents due to unruly evacuees.”

“If licensed private security guards are allowed by law to carry licensed firearms to serve as force multipliers of the PNP, then there’s more reason that uniformed BFP personnel, who could also be targeted by criminals, shall also be issued firearms for self defense, with proper training on marksmanship and gun safety, and for peace and order tasks,” the PNP spokesperson Banac added.

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