CAMP VICENTE LIM, Calamba City, Laguna Mar. 27 — The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Calabarzon Regional Office here hosted on Thursday the Urban Fire Olympics 24th Encounter for the corporate, barangay and firefighter bureau personnel as the culminating highlights of Fire Prevention Month at the Police National Training Institute (PNTI) parade grounds in this camp.
Participants in the day-long fire skills competency competition here were 13 Industrial Fire Brigades, 19 Barangay Fire Brigades and five BFP teams from the CALABARZON provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.
Cavite Vice-Governor Ramon Jolo Revilla III graced the occasion as guest of honor and speaker during the firemens challenging and fun-filled day as they demonstrated their skills, agility and technique in firefighting.
Vice Gov. Revilla lauded the BFP as the modern day heroes and recognized the fire protection bureaus significant role in the community.
He also commended the BFP regional leadership through lady Regional Director Fire Chief Supt. Nimfa Cuartel for successfully staging the Urban Fire Olympics and enjoined the participating teams to cross arms in a symbol of unity and camaraderie.
The Cavite young vice-governor also pledged to continually sponsor projects and programs of the BFP in his province in Cavite.
Vice-Gov. Revilla III also assured that he has also sought assistance from his father Senator Ramon Bong Revilla to support projects on fire prevention.
Chief Supt. Nimfa Cuartel, assisted by Fire Supt. Reynaldo Lorenzo and Fire Senior Supt. Armando Custodio later presented the token plaques of appreciation to the Cavite Vice Governor.
In an interview with the PNA here, Chief Supt. Cuartel said they continuously seek upgrade on their equipment as the bureaus fire trucks and equipment are already dilapidated.
The regional fire chief also proposed to fill in the need for fire fighters to attend to their other corollary duties besides fire prevention.
Our strategies to address the lack of equipment is to train, organize village fire volunteers and brigades so knowledge and skills training are shared to the barangay brigades because they are the first responders, Chief Supt. Cuartel said.
She also lauded the barangay fire fighters and volunteers as the BFP force multipliers in case of emergency as she reflected on the fire prevention months theme Fire Prevention and its knowledge and safety are vital for development.
The Fire Olympics organizers described the participating firefighters in the daring games all winners citing what matters most is the objective of the activity to build camaraderie and solidarity among the frontliners in firefighting operations to save lives and properties.
Winning the Fire Olympics championship coveted trophy or the Simbulan Cup and major awards are the Asia Brewery Inc. as over-all champion of the Industrial Fire Brigade category.
The brewery firms firefighters team also won first place in the Fire Suppression with Obstruction Event 1 competition and the Straight Hose Connection Extinguishment with Ladder event.
TS Tech Philippines in Santa Rosa City copped first place in the fire extinguisher event 3 category.
For the barangay fire brigade category, the over-all champion title went to Barangay Poblacion 1 of Sto. Tomas, Batangas.
The fire competition Event 1 on the Busted Hose Connection was won by Barangay Camaysa, Tayabas City; Event 2 on Fire Extinguishers Relay by Barangay Cagsiay 1, Mauban, Quezon and the Event 3 Bucket Relay by Barangay Ibabang Bukal, also in Tayabas City.
The Cavite BFP fire-fighting contingent garnered the over-all championship for the BFP uniformed personnel competition.
For the female category among the BFP uniformed personnel, the Cavite delegation won first prize in the Event 1- Busted Hose Replacement and Obstructed Firefighting; 1st Place in the Event 2 – Wild Hose Recovery also by the Cavite team and 1st Place in the Event 3 – Saving Ryan by the Quezon contenders.
For the male category among BFP personnel, the top prize went to Rizal province for the non-stop disaster challenge.
Aside from the firemens brawn, the fire ladies also had their share in the beauty tilt as team muses contenders for the Miss UFO 2014.
Sammy Ann Legazpi of Global Lighting (Industrial Category), Aina Tachimaya of Barangay Poblacion III, Sta. Cruz ( Barangay Category) and Fire Officer 1 Jenella de Leon (BFP Uniformed Category) emerged victorious and bested the other candidates. (PNA)