The Bureau of Fire Protection in the Province of Lanao del Norte organized a Fire Olympics for Barangay Category. The Bureau is in charge of management, administration, and implementation of fire and emergency services all over the country; as part of its mandate the bureau is tasked to organize fire fighting activities such as this Fire Olympics. Through this it help enhance the skills of all fire volunteers in each barangay, upholding the highest standard of the bureau in responding to natural or manmade calamities, and to keep in mind the priorities by continuously practicing the necessary methods for the safety of the fire volunteers.
9 fire barangay volunteers from different municipalities of the province and one from Iligan participated in the two fire fighting challenges prepared by the BFP; the Bucket Relay and the Combat Challenge-Hose Connection. The Adventist Medical Center Fire Brigade representing Barangay San Miguel of Iligan won the Bucket Relay and the winner for the Combat Challenge is the fire volunteers of Barangay Cayontor from the Municipality of Kauswagan. The Overall champion is the same team from Kauswagan (Cayontor Fire Volunteers) trailed by the team from Iligan (AMC-Fire Brigade) and the Poblacion Kapatagan Fire Volunteers grabbed the 2nd Runner-up.
Before the activity began, Combat Marshal Senior Fire Officer 2 Ronel O. Paño reminds the volunteers that safety is the utmost priority when responding to any calamities. Fire Chief Inspector Rexcliburn L. Salvaña agrees with Paño and added that responders should keep in mind that this is a team effort; one should not be complacent especially in handling the active hose. Back-up volunteers must not take any scenario lightly for the nozzle man needs all the necessary strength to point the hose directly into the fire.
The Fire Olympics aside from being a competition it also reinforces the camaraderie of the fire volunteers who have the same motto of “Save Lives and Properties”. This is what drives these brave men to work hard and aspire for the best in serving the people. The regular occurrence of Fire Olympics in Lanao del Norte paves the way for the proper coordination of all fire volunteers from the province and surrounding areas in answering the call of their sworn duties.
The teams who have participated in the event: Sultan Naga Dimaporo Volunteer Fire Fighters; Adventist Medical Center Fire Brigade of Barangay San Miguel, Iligan City; Balagatasa Volunteer Fire Brigade of Maigo, Team Lagablab of Barangay Malingao, Tubod; Poblacion Fire Birgade-KRU of Kolambugan; Baroy Volunteer Fire Brigade; Barangay Maranding Volunteer Fire Brigade of Lala; Poblacion Kapatagan Volunteer Fire Brigade; Bacolod Fire Volunteers, and Barangay Cayontor Fire Volunteers of Kauswagan.
According to Roy Secuya of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council of Lanao del Norte, this activity readies the local government units starting from the barangay up to the provincial government in reacting to any situation that could threaten the lives of the people and their properties in coordination with other stakeholders. This event was held in Agora complex fronting the Mindanao Civic Center in the Municipality of Tubod on July 20, 2017. PIO-LDN