Over 100 fire fighters and scores of fire brigade volunteers from all over Western Visayas competed in the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Olympics.
The two-day event ran from Dec 5 to 6, 2018 at the City Time Square in Gaisano City Center, Benigno Aquino Drive, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
Fire Superintendent Crosbee Gumowang, BFP-6 assistant regional director for operations (ARDO), said the Fire Olympics has three categories: BFP personnel, barangay fire brigade, and industrial/commercial fire brigade.
For the uniformed personnel category, six teams are representing the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental.
Each team will have a maximum of 17 members, two of whom would be non-playing.
They will compete in two events – house on shoulder relay and the blitz attack with raising-ladder.
For demonstration purposes, playing members would also participate in the JOEM attack.
Meanwhile, a maximum of 14 participants is allowed in each team for the barangay fire brigade category.
The team is composed of 10 players, two alternate players, a team manager, and a team coach.
They will compete in three events, these include hose laying and replacement of busted hose, bucket relay, and flammable liquid fire extinguishment.
Four teams will join the industrial/commercial fire brigade category. There are 12 playing and 2 non-playing members for each team.
They will take part in three events – the rescue and transfer relay, combination of busted hose and up the ladder, and fire extinguishment.
Gumowang said they will pick the three best teams, which will get a trophy and a cash prize.
The winners will eventually represent the region in the National Fire Olympics in March 2019.
Gumowang said the event is done to underscore the importance of promoting awareness of fire prevention.
It will also be a venue for uniformed BFP personnel to enhance camaraderie and rapport with volunteer fire brigades.
Given the different scenario, Gumowang said the Olympics also serves as additional training for firefighters and fire volunteers in responding to different situations.