We hope you are all doing well. We are the Response Fire Volunteer from Manila, Philippines and we are doing a fund raising campaign to get a new fire truck that will help us fight fires and respond to emergencies. Our team was founded on 2003 and we’re still doing our best in providing a healthier and safer community to our locale. We are a self-supporting volunteer fire brigade and thru the help of generous people around us, we are able to continue our operations despite financial constraints. The team has been through a lot, but throughout the years, we are proud on what we started. We may not be a rich volunteer brigade, but we are not planning to stop doing the things that molded RFV to what it is now; The projects and campaigns that benefited our community, the awards and achievements of the team and most of all, saving lives and property. We are looking forward in acquiring a new fire truck for us to continue our fight and spread fire safety. Thank you in advance for your donation to our team, any amount is a great help not only to the team, but to the areas nearby. By helping us, you are also helping them
Here is a brief history of our team and how it came to be. From a humble community that promotes citizens to help one another, to a volunteer fire brigade that helped the community fight fires and kept it safe since then. You are not only helping the team by donating, but are also going to be a part of a family that looks after each other and we would like to welcome you to the team by sharing our story.
Before Response Fire Volunteer, the team is initially known as RCBSJ or Responsible Citizens of Barangay San Jose, a local community in Mandaluyong, Philippines that aims to create healthy atmosphere among citizens residing at the said area. The group was formed on March 2003 and was headed by our now Fire Chief Harold Reyes.
RCBSJ conducted several projects back then, but the notable ones are installation of fire extinguishers, road humps, water drums for bucket relay in case of fire, clean and green movements and a lot more. The group became a testimony of what can be achieved when the people within the community are working together towards a common goal, a healthier and safer community.
RCBSJ became more inclined to Fire and Rescue when the team started joining local inter-barangay Fire Related competition or as we call it “Fire Olympics” where teams from different barangays within the same city compete against each other thru fire related scenarios and obstacles.
RCBSJ was invited to Malacanang by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and we took the opportunity to express our interest in further focusing in fire and rescue by writing a letter requesting for a small fire truck. Unfortunately, there was no available units for us back then. Given that, our team decided to request fire hydrants installation in our area thru of the office of the Mayor so we can still continue our advocacy in making the community a safer place. The team still continued doing good work for the community as well as joining the annual Fireolympics.
Thru the combined efforts of RCBSJ and the local government, 4 fire hydrants were finally installed in our area. Up to this day, the said hydrants are deemed beneficial to the safety of community since a lot of fire are happening within and nearby areas.
Our team continued acting upon fire and rescue and for the first time, we became Champions of the Fire Olympics 2007. It was a great feat for a team of volunteer fire fighters without proper training and complete equipment.
All of our hard work paid off when a Pumper Fire Truck was donated to the team. It was then where RCBSJ became RFV or Response Fire Volunteer. We were able to respond to fire to nearby areas and some instances of responding to fires and calamities outside our area of responsibility. The same year, we also joined one of the biggest group of volunteer fire fighters here in the Philippines, TXTFIRE PH.
RFV continued to grow as a volunteer fire brigade and on 2011, we won the Inter-Barangay Fire Olympics as Grandslam Champion for being the champs for 3 consecutive years. It’s one of the best achievements of the team up to this day.
Aside from the local inter barangay fire Olympics, we also joined the TXTFIRE Olympics in which the groups involved are Fire Brigades all over the county and we became Champions in one of the events. It was a great honor to bring to our Barangay and also the experience and knowledge that we came across further enhancing our skills as volunteer fire fighters.
Water crisis hit Metro Manila and RFV were able to help communities even from outside of our area of responsibility. Working almost 24/7 just to ration water to different communities, proving that fire fighters can also fight emergencies and crisis.
Pandemic hit on a global scale and the team continued to serve the community by conducting weekly misting operations , serving as frontliners and responding to fire and emergency calls. The team, still continued the goal we initially started, aiming a healthier and safer community.
RFV team stays true to it’s goals up to this day. However, Response Pumper, our trusty fire truck has been on service for 12 years. It served us very well, responding to countless fires and emergencies, keeping us safe since we never got into an accident even once with Response Pumper. We treat it not only as a vital part of our operations, but also as a team member… as a family.
Response Pumper has been through a lot, countless repairs, maintenance, gear replacement and more. It is still up and running, but there are several instances that it becomes out of order from time to time. With this GoFundMe campaign, we do not intend to replace Response Pumper. We want to add another team member, we want to add another member of the family, we want to add another fire truck that will work alongside with Response Pumper. Another Fire Truck that will act as its partner, so when the time finally comes, we can still continue the fight.
You may check our social media channels below:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/responsefire
- Bluerence Reyes
- John Rivney
- Kanishka Weerasekera
- Red Reyes
- Carla Dimaano
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