PAF ON ITS FEET ICOW BENGUET FOREST FIRE

Submitted by AFPAO on Fri, 02/22/2019 - 12:26

With the unfortunate overtaking of a massive forest fire in Itogon, Benguet on February 20, 2019 (Wednesday), the Philippine Air Force wasted no time and immediately conducted an Aerial Reconnaissance and Rapid Disaster Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) particularly to engulfed hit area in Barangay Ampucao led by the 505th Search and Rescue Group.

In addition, a bambi bucket was also launched to secure and prevent the fire from spreading along the area utilizing the PAF CUH Bell 412 aircraft with tail Nr 321.

Based on the initial investigation, 5 bodies were recovered after the fire was stopped at 6PM which later identified as 4 mines foresters and a resident in the area.

More so, the officials are still studying and carefully looking on all angles on how such event had occurred.