Barangay volunteer firefighters put up an excellent show during the 3rd Inter-barangay Fire Olympics held at the Balanga Elementary School Athletic Grounds on March 21.
Each barangay formed a team of fire volunteers composed of citizens from all walks of life. Balanga City’s Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) organized the Olympics for the purpose of promoting volunteerism at the grassroots level.
The volunteers competed in three events: hose-laying, bucket relay, and fire extinguisher stunt. The teams had to complete the events at the shortest possible time.
Coun. Benigno Meriño, chair of the city’s Committee on Social Welfare and Senior Citizen’s Concerns, represented Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia who was on official travel abroad to receive an international award given to Balanga City.
Aside from Meriño, the city’s department heads came to witness the Fire Olympics, notably Engr. Dennis Mariano of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO). CDRRMO has been in partnership with the BFP in providing emergency services to Balangueños.
The said department also sent a medical and rescue team to assist in the conduct of the Olympics.
Show of Force
Brgy. Tortugas won the Fire Olympics for the third year. Brgy. Puerto Rivas Lote placed second, and Brgy. San Jose was third.
The winning teams received trophies and cash prizes.
Barangay chairmen personally coached their volunteers. In some barangays, the chairmen were also part of the volunteer team.
Brgy. Tortugas will compete in the upcoming Regional Fire Olympics that will be held in San Fernando City, Pampanga on March 30.
With barely two weeks left before the regional Olympics, Tortugas is also facing the challenge of defending its post as regional champion for two consecutive years. If Tortugas wins this year’s match, it will be awarded the Hall of Fame badge.