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The Bureau of Fire Protection[1] (Filipino: Kawanihan ng Pagtatanggol sa Sunog, acronym BFP) is an agency of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) responsible for implementing national policies related to Firefighting and fire prevention as well as implementation of the Philippine Fire Code (PD 1185), which has been repealed and replaced by the New Fire Code of the Philippines (RA 9514). Formerly known as the Integrated National Police Fire Service, the BFP is in charge of the administration and management of municipal and city fire and emergency services all over the country.

Bureau of Fire Protection
Bureau of Fire Protection.png
"Save Lives and Properties"
Operational area
AddressBFP National Headquarters, Agham Road, Sitio San Roque, Barangay Bagong Pag-asa, Diliman, Quezon City
Agency overview
EstablishedJanuary 29, 1991
Fire chiefDirector Leonard R. Bañago, DSC


Badge of the Bureau of Fire Protection.

The BFP traces its roots from the defunct Constabulary Fire Protection Bureau, then later PC-INP Office of Fire Protection Service.[2]

The agency was founded on January 29, 1991, pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 6975, which established the Department of Interior and Local Government.[3]

The Bureau now is in charge of management, administration, and implementation of fire and emergency services all over the country.

Fire ChiefsEdit

1978 – 1989 PC-INP Major General Primo D. Cordeta
1990 – 1992 PC-INP Brigadier General Ernesto Guting Madriaga
1992 – 1993 Fire Director Mario Cristobal Tanchanco
1993 – 1994 Fire Chief Superintendent Alfonso Torres Clemente
1994 Fire Senior Superintendent Bonifacio Japson Garcia
1994 Fire Senior Superintendent Edgar Gayotin Gimotea
1994 – 1995 Fire Senior Superintendent Felipe Tarroza Carpio
1995 – 1997 Fire Senior Superintendent Bonifacio Japson Garcia
1997 Fire Senior Superintendent Gil Paz Jacinto
1997 Fire Senior Superintendent Donato Bernál Gonzales, M.D.
1997 Fire Senior Superintendent Rolando Martír Jacomille
1997 – 1998 Fire Director Rogelio Navál Tumbaga
1998 – 2000 DILG Assistant Secretary / Police Superintendent

Raymundo E. Padua, Jr.

2000 – 2004 Fire Chief Superintendent Francisco Shimotzu Senot
2004 – 2006 Fire Director Rogelio Francisco Asignado
2006 – 2007 Fire Director José Elisan Collado
2007 – 2008 Fire Director Enrique Cumbe Linsangan
2008 – 2011 Fire Director Rolando Maaño Bandilla, Jr.
2011 – 2012 Fire Chief Superintendent Samuél Rivera Perez
2012 – 2013 Fire Chief Superintendent Rubén Fornaleza Bearis, Jr.
2013 – 2014 Fire Chief Superintendent Carlito Saquetón Romero
2014 – 2016 Fire Director Ariél Aguilár Barayuga
2016 Fire Chief Superintendent Rodrigo Reyes Abrazaldo
2016 – 2017 Fire Director Bobby Vaggas Baruelo
2017 – present Fire Director Leonard Ramos Bañago

Fire alarm levelsEdit

The BFP has fire alarm levels to determine how many fire trucks should respond to the scene:

  1. First alarm
  2. Second alarm
    • Senior Fire Officer/ Shift-in-charge/ Team leader
  3. Third alarm
    • CFM/ MFM concerned
  4. Fourth alarm
  5. Fifth alarm
    • Provincial/ District Operations Chief
  6. Task Force Alpha
    • P/DFM concerned
  7. Task Force Bravo
    • Chief, Operation, Intelligence and Investigation Branch, P/DFM and all C/MFMs of the provincial district concerned
  8. Task Force Charlie
    • Deputy Regional Director
  9. Task Force Delta
  10. Task Force Echo
  11. Task Force Hotel
  12. Task Force India
  13. General Alarm
    • Regional Director


Seal of the BFP National Headquarters
Representatives from the BFP Special Rescue Unit participate in activities held at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City in conjunction of Balikatan 2012 (BK2012).

Base UnitsEdit

  • National Headquarters
  • Special Rescue/HAZMAT Unit
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Special Operations Unit
  • Arson Investigation Unit
  • Fire Law Enforcement Service
  • Fire National Training Institute

Line UnitsEdit

Each of the regional commands is led by a Fire Marshal holding the rank of Fire Chief Superintendent or Fire Senior Superintendent.

  • BFP National Capital Region
  • BFP Region I
  • BFP Region II
  • BFP Region III
  • BFP Region V
  • BFP Region VI
  • BFP Region VII
  • BFP Region VIII
  • BFP Region IX
  • BFP Region X
  • BFP Region XI
  • BFP Region XII
  • BFP Region CARAGA
  • BFP Region CAR
  • BFP Region BARMM


The following ranks are in force in the BFP as of 2019:

  • Fire Director (MGen)
  • Fire Chief Superintendent (BGen)
  • Fire Senior Superintendent (Col)
  • Fire Superintendent (LCol)
  • Fire Chief Inspector (Maj)
  • Fire Senior Inspector (Cap)
  • Fire Inspector (Lt)
NCOs and firefightersEdit

NCOs and enlisted firefighters wear US-styled sleeve insignia in their uniforms.

  • Senior Fire Officer IV (EMSg)
  • Senior Fire Officer III (CMSg)
  • Senior Fire Officer II (SMSg)
  • Senior Fire Officer I (MSg)
  • Fire Officer III(SSg)
  • Fire Officer II(Cpl)
  • Fire Officer I (Pat)

Under the Integrated National PoliceEdit

Until 1991 firefighters wore military style uniform and ranks in compliance with Presidential Decree No. 1184 (the Integrated National Police Personnel Professionalization Law of 1977) issued by then-President Ferdinand Marcos in 1977[4], as servicemen and women under the Integrated National Police.

Fire Brigadier General
Fire Colonel
Fire Lieutenant Colonel
Fire Major
Fire Captain
Fire Lieutenant
Fire Sergeant
Fire Corporal
Fireman First Class



Firefighting appliancesEdit

A list of vehicles used in the past and present:

Photos Model Origin Type Note
  MAN TGM 18.250 Rosenbauer   Austria Fire Engine Used in Cities. The successor of 18.240, acquired by the BFP.
  Dongfeng Hubei 4x2   China Fire Engine Used in Municipalities
  Sinotruk Howo 4x2   China Fire Engine Used in Municipalities
  Hino Ranger   Japan /

  Philippines (Modified)

Fire Engine
  Pierce Dash 100   United States Aerial Ladder Used by Quezon City Fire District
  MAN TGS 33.440 Rosenbauer   Austria Aerial Ladder Used and acquired by Makati City.
Mercedes-Benz F20127   Germany Aerial Ladder Used by Makati City
Scania P310   Sweden Aerial Ladder Used by Cebu City
  Ford F-800 Roughneck   United States Fire Engine
  Hyundai 5TON   South Korea Fire Engine Used in Municipalities
  Isuzu New Power   Japan /

  Philippines (Modified)

Fire Engine
  Isuzu 810   Japan /

  Philippines (Modified)

Fire Engine
  Isuzu Giga   Japan /

  Philippines (Modified)

Fire Engine
  Isuzu NKR/NPR   Japan /

  Philippines (Modified)

Fire Engine
  Isuzu FTR/FSR   Japan Fire Engine
  Mitsubishi Canter   Japan /

  Philippines (Modified)

Fire Engine
  Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter   Japan Fire Engine
  Ford C-Series   United States Fire Engine
Iveco EuroCargo Rosenbauer   Italy Fire Engine Used by Santa Rosa BFP
  Oshkosh Striker   United States Air Crash Tender Used in Airports
  Rosenbauer Panther   Austria Air Crash Tender Used in Airports
Magirus Dragon X4   Germany Air Crash Tender Used in Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Paramedical response vehiclesEdit

Photos Model Origin Type Note
Ford F250   United States Ambulance
  Ford E-250   United States
  Foton View   China
Hyundai H-100   South Korea
Isuzu Elf   Japan
  Mitsubishi L300   Japan
  Mitsubishi Canter   Japan
  Toyota Hiace   Japan

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Official Page of the Bureau of Fire Protection
  2. ^ Philippine Constabulary
  3. ^ "R.A. 6975". Retrieved 2014-05-12.
  4. ^ "PRESIDENTIAL DECREE No. 1184". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved 9 March 2019.

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