The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) will dispatch its chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive or CBRNE teams to help in the house-to-house search for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients or those who have mild symptoms.
BFP Chief Director Jose Embang, Jr. said that these special response units would assist local government units (LGUs) in implementing Oplan Kalinga, a government program that aims to transfer COVID-19 patients under home quarantine to government isolation facilities.
Embang said that BFP staff are well trained in the handling of hazardous materials and equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE).
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año instructed the BFP to assist local health officials in the search for COVID-19 patients. He added that the agency would also step up its efforts on contact tracing as part of the local monitoring and tracking teams.
The new order came after the criticisms of legislators and the public regarding the recent announcement of the DILG secretary that police officers would conduct house-to-house searches under the new government program.