Geographic Profile

Region 1 is located along the Northwestern coast of the Luzon Island. It is bounded on the east by the South China Sea and on the west by the Central Cordillera Mountains. It comprises of four (4) provinces namely: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan and nine (9) cities: Alaminos City, Candon City, Dagupan City, Laoag City, Batac City, San Carlos City, San Fernando City, Urdaneta City and Vigan City, and one hundred sixteen(116) municipalities with three thousand two hundred sixty five (3,265) barangays. San Fernando City in La Union is the regional capital. It has a total land area of twelve thousand eight hundred forty point eighty three (12,840.83 sq. kms.) square kilometers and a population of four million seven hundred forty eight thousand three hundred seventy-two (4,748,372). It has eight hundred thirty one thousand five hundred forty nine (831,549) households, fifty eight thousand eight hundred sixty eight (58,868) establishments and one hundred thirty eight (138) high rise buildings/establishments.


 BFP R1 Personnel

BFP Region 1 has total personnel strength of eight hundred seventy-one (871). Of this figure, forty-two (41) or 5% are officers, eight hundred fourteen (814) or 93% are non-officers while sixteen (16) or 2% are non-uniformed personnel/civilian employee. Despite of scarcity on manpower, BFP personnel of assigned in a station are performing 24 hours duty whether male or female,  efficiently in rendering fire prevention activities, fire suppression, fire investigation, emergency medical services and administrative functions regardless of lack of logistical resources and office equipment.

Logistical Capability

As of March 2014, BFP Region 1 has nine (9) cities and one hundred sixteen (116) municipalities. All cities have fire stations. Out of the one hundred sixteen (116) municipalities, eighty-four (84) only have operational fire stations while forty-one (41) municipalities have no fire stations.

As to the status of the fire station building, fifty-three (53) are separate buildings and thirty-one (31) are attached with other building. As to its ownership, thirty-one (31) fire stations are owned by BFP while the other fifty-three (53) are LGU owned. There are thirty-one (31) lands/lots owned by BFP where Fire stations are built and other fifty-one (51) are still owned by LGUs.

BFPR1 has currently ninety-seven (97) BFP owned serviceable firetrucks, forty-two (42) LGU owned firetrucks, two (2) serviceable ambulance, two (2) serviceable vehicle, three (3) serviceable rubber boat, and three (3) serviceable motorcycle.

As for the Status of Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE), it has been a standard that 1 Uniformed personnel should have at least 1 Set of Protective Gear consisting of fire boots (pair), fire gloves(pair), fire trouser, fire coat, fire helmet and a breathing apparatus. But due to budgetary constraints, out of eight hundred fifty-five (855) uniformed personnel of this region there are only four hundred eleven (411) serviceable fire boots, four hundred sixty-eight(468) serviceable fire gloves, three hundred fifty-eight (358) serviceable fire trouser, four hundred ninety-nine (499) serviceable fire coat, five hundred twenty-nine (529) serviceable fire helmets, and twenty-three (23) serviceable breathing apparatus.

As to the status of Fire Fighting Equipment (FFE), this region has seven hundred eighteen (718) 1.5” diameters and three hundred seventy three (373) 2.5” diameters serviceable fire hoses. One hundred forty-five(145) 1.5” diameter and eighty-two (82) 2.5” diameter serviceable fire nozzle.

It has been a standard that 1 fire truck should have 10 (1.5” diameter) and 4 (2.5” diameter) fire hoses, 2 (1.5” diameter) and 2 (2.5” diameter) fire nozzles.

Although there were procurements made to increase the number of PPE and FFE, there are still large number deficiencies.

As of March 2014