Kapuso actor Wendell Ramos reported for his “first day of duty” as volunteer firefighter on Thursday less than a week after he completed his firefighting training.
The Prima Donnas star was spotted among the firefighters who responded to the fire that broke out in a factory in Brgy. Lawang Bato, Valenzuela City, according to a report by Super Radyo DZBB.
Wendell himself shared a glimpse into his “baptism of fire,” so to speak, through a series of Instagram stories, where he can be seen riding on top of a fire truck and putting out flames of the burning building along with fellow firefighters from the non-government organization Ang Bumbero ng Pilipinas (ABP).
Only last Sunday, the 41-year-old actor surprised his followers with the announcement that he’s now a certified firefighter. He also said that despite the training, he needed to experience more.
“It was really an honor to train and be a certified ABP #AngBumberoNgPilipinas. But to be honest, I need to learn and experience more. It’s truly a humbling experience for me at sa inyo pong lahat na mga bumbero ng Pilipinas… #Saludo po ako sa inyong lahat,” he wrote.
In a 24 Oras report on Thursday, he explained his decision to become a volunteer firefighter.
“Nung bata ako gusto ko maging police, hanggang sa dumating na gusto ko maging army at eto, totoo. I feel so blessed na tama naging decision ko, na at least sa naging bucket list ko, naging tama… yung timing nagpapabumbero ko. Parang eksakto din sa nangyayari ngayon, sa sitwasyon ng mundo natin at sa bansa natin,” he said.
Wendell said it’s his way of giving back as well, adding that he never got special treatment during his training.
“To be honest, nung panahon nung (ECQ) ng pandemic, di ako nakalabas. Sabi ko sa wife ko, meron akong ipon, meron akong tabi, hindi ko lahat maibigay. Ano pa ang pwede kong maibigay, to give back, na kahit papaano, nung mga times ng pandemic, nakakain ako ng maayos.
“Hindi ako perfect, pero I think tama yung ginagawa ko sa buhay ko. Ang privilege na pagiging volunteer ay nagte-thank you ang tao sa ‘yo at nakatulong ka sa kanila,” he said.
Aside from firefighting, he plans to train in rescue work.