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BFP holds Fire Olympics in Maasin

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Fire Prevention Month may be over, but this did not stop the Bureau of Fire Protection in Eastern Visayas from holding a Fire Olympics to hone firefighters’ skills.

Some 85 participants from seven barangays in Maasin City, Southern Leyte joined the BFP-8 Fire Olympics last April 24 at the Capitol Sunken Garden.

Represented barangays in the Olympics were Tunga-tunga, Mantahan, Mambajao, Ibarra, Soro-soro, Combado and Asuncion.

All participants took their oaths of allegiance as members of the Community Fire Auxiliary Group of BFP-Maasin City

“This Fire Olympics is one way of enhancing or reorienting the skills that had already been taught since the barangay participating teams were already trained on basic firefighting skills years back,” said Raul Inocando, Fire Officer III and BFP Information Officer-designate.

Competitions included the bucket relay where a container from a two-meter distance will be filled with water; actual firefighting using a fire hose; and emergency medical rescue.

Brgy. Mambajao topped the competition followed by Brgy. Mantahan and Brgy. Soro-soro.

“This activity gave each participant a chance to become a true firefighter, who brought talents, dedication and commitment for the job they are tasked to do as a volunteer firefighters,” Maasin City Fire Marshal Lino Asumbrado said.