Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation’s (RTNMC) fire team emerged as champion (industrial category) in the 4th Regional Fire Olympics held October 11, 2017 at the Baywalk in Puerto Princesa City.
RTNMC’s Fire Brigade was composed of 12 participants coming from various departments of the mining company and coached by Bernard Balino, Safety Supervisor, and led by team captain Juliet Rosario, Safety Coordinator. The team was trained by FO2 Marvin Feliciano of the Palawan Bureau of Fire Protection.
The team showed superior ability and preparation during the competition, which saw various participating fire teams pitting skills on fire extinguishment, combination of busted hose and up-the-ladder.
Balino, in accepting the championship, expressed gratitude to the company management for providing them full support in preparing for the competitions.
“Maraming salamat po sa management dahil unang una po pinadala nila kami sa competition and full support po talaga yung binigay nila sa amin mula sa training hanggang sa competition proper” Balino said.
Having won the regional championship, RTNMC’s Fire Brigade will represent the Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan (MIMAROPA) region in the National Fire Olympics in 2018.
“Let’s expect the best from the fire fighting team in the national fire olympics. Given the opportunity to compete in the nationals, it will be a privilege to compete with the best teams in the different regions. So, all the more, the fire fighting team will do their best to represent not only the company but the whole MIMAROPA Region,” Remedios Collado – Camo, RTNMC Safety Manager, said.
The team also participated in the search for Miss Regional Fire Olympics. Representing RTNMC was Miss Aubrey Luchana, Early Childhood Teacher of Leonides S. Virata Memorial School (LSVMS) who was declared 1st Runner Up.
Before competing for regional competition, the RTNMC fire team had placed Overall 2nd Runner Up during the Provincial Fire Olympics Industrial Category on September 15.
“Marami kaming natutunan last provincial fire olympics. Dinoble namin ang pagpractice, patuloy na physical and mental conditioning. At syempre po tiwala sa sarili at sa Diyos. Bukod po doon, pinaigting namin ang pagkakaisa sa team,” team captain Juliet Rosario said.
Engineer Camo said their main objective participating in the annual fire Olympics is demonstrate the company’s commitment to safety of communities and enhance their preparedness during fire emergencies.
“Basically it aims to prepare our Emergency Response Team in responding to fire incidents not only in the workplace but also in the community. And of course, to enhance the team’s team work, fighting spirit and sportsmanship.” Engr. Camo said.
“As a responsible mining company, through safety, it confirms its commitment in ensuring the safety of employees and the community and the team’s readiness in fire emergencies,” she added.