Fire fighters display emergency response skills in a challenge

Subscribe Now March 14, 2011 at 11:09am

Fire volunteers here showed off skills on emergency response operations in a yearly fire fighting challenge spearheaded by the local government and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Several teams of fire volunteers competed during the 4th Jose L. Silvosa, Sr. Inter-volunteer Fire Fighters Combat Challenge on Saturday (March 12) at the Panabo Parks and Plaza, in time for the 10th Araw ng Panabo and the Fire Prevention Month Celebration.

Mayor Jose L. Silvosa, Sr. said the contest was aimed not only for fire fighters to win but for them to participate in critical emergency response operations such as fire suppression, collapsed structure search and rescue operations.

Beyond this competition, we make sure that our volunteers are equipped with the necessary skills and enhance the level of alertness of volunteer fire brigades,” Silvosa said, adding “these are essential to the safety and well-being of our communities.”

BFP Fire Marshal Randolf Arbutante was happy on the successful conduct of the contest and the fire prevention awareness campaign, enjoining civic organizations to continue providing support to government's efforts in fire prevention and management.

“It will define the role as auxiliary or force multipliers of BFP during fire conflagration and help foster camaraderie among fire brigade volunteers,” Arbutante said.

During the contest, the Gaisano Grand Mall Team emerged as the champion in the inter-volunteer category, besting URGET Radio Group which bagged the first runner up.

The DAIC Fire Fighter got the second place, while the 3rd place went to Panabo City Water District (PCWD).

In the inter-school category, the Panabo National High School (PNHS) combatants won the championship title, followed by 1st placer PNHS Flame warriors.

Participants from the Maryknoll High School of Panabo (MHSP) and San Vicente National High School got the 2nd and 3rd places, respectively.

The event also featured challenge for women where Tita Riz Rozal was proclaimed Miss Combat Challenge besting other contestants namely Kim Dominic Gil, Rhodia Jess Cañor and Jovel Liberty Juaño.

Davao del Norte provincial director Almario A. Cero of the Department of Interior Local Government graced the event. City Councilor and chairperson on City Peace, Order and Safety Committee Gregorio U. Dujali III was the guest speaker during the activity.

Panabo DILG officer Danilo Hernandez and City Anti Drug Abuse Council Executive Officer Augusto Quilisadio were also present.


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