Cebu City Firefighters Engage in Wildlife Management Training
In recent weeks, firefighters in Cebu City have been involved not only in responding to fire emergencies but also in handling reports of wild animal sightings. Recognizing the significance of this issue, the Cebu City Fire Office (CCFO) actively took part in a wildlife management training, organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Central Visayas (DENR-7), at the Parian Fire Substation on October 9.
SFO2 Wendell Villanueva, the spokesperson for CCFO, pointed out that the fire department’s role has expanded beyond fire alarms, as they are now being called upon to conduct rescue operations involving wild animals. These sightings have become increasingly prevalent due to heavy rainfall in recent weeks. Villanueva stated, “We have rescued at least five snakes in the last week. It’s either they escaped from their cage or were swept away by a strong current.”
To address this emerging issue, Supt. Reynaldo Enoch, the CCFO chief, initiated training aimed at enhancing the firefighters’ ability to rescue wild animals. The training session included representatives from each of the ten substations comprising CCFO, with two employees from each location attending.
Villanueva emphasized that those who participated in the training will share their newfound knowledge with their fellow firefighters. In response to reports of wildlife in distress, the trained firefighters will act as first responders and coordinate with the DENR and the city government to ensure the safety of the rescued animals. The snakes rescued in recent days have already been handed over to the DENR.
Q: Why have firefighters in Cebu City participated in wildlife management training?
A: Firefighters in Cebu City have been involved in rescue operations concerning wild animals due to an increase in sightings, particularly large snakes, caused by heavy rainfall in recent weeks. In response, the Cebu City Fire Office (CCFO) recognized the need to enhance their rescue skills and participated in a wildlife management training organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Central Visayas (DENR-7).
Q: How many snakes have been rescued by the firefighters recently?
A: The CCFO has rescued at least five snakes in the past week. These snakes either escaped from their captivity or were swept away by strong currents caused by heavy rainfall.
Q: What does the wildlife management training entail?
A: The wildlife management training conducted by the DENR-7 aims to enhance the firefighters’ ability to rescue and handle wild animals effectively. It equips them with the necessary skills and knowledge to ensure the safety of the animals and coordinate with relevant authorities.
Q: How will the trained firefighters contribute to wildlife rescue operations?
A: The trained firefighters will act as first responders when reports of distressed wildlife are received. They will then coordinate with the DENR and the city government to facilitate the safe rescue and relocation of the animals.
Q: What happens to the rescued animals after they are saved?
A: The rescued snakes and other wild animals are handed over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for proper care and management.