The Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters held the inaugural ceremony of the Special Civilian Fire Fighting Squad comprising of foreign residents, the first of its kind in the city, at Jungnang Fire Station at 2 pm on April 21.
The new recruits to the Special Firefighting Squad include foreign residents from nine countries, including the Philippines, who have lived in Jungnang-gu for three months or longer and who can communicate in Korean. They are also armed with professional skills, great commitment, and a volunteer spirit.
The squad will provide backup assistance to firefighting units at fire sites, including interpreting in the event of accidents and disasters involving foreigners, and carry out patrol missions in residential areas where there is a high risk of fire, serving as guardians of the citizens’ safety.
The members of the squad will also work to introduce basic firefighting equipment (fire extinguishers, and single household fire detection and siren systems) and maintenance guidance to households that are vulnerable to fires, including the homes of multicultural residents, in a bid to establish a culture of public safety.