The fire brigade volunteers exhibiting their skills during the 1st Lucilo R. Bayron Response Olympics

Some 180 volunteers from six barangays and private sector groups joined the 1st Lucilo R. Bayron Mayor’s Response Olympics on Thursday, June 20, at the Puerto Princesa City Baywalk.

Earl Timbancaya, city disaster risk reduction management officer, said the participants competed in two divisions — private and public.

For the private sector, they competed in the following events: method of transfer, firefighting using a fire extinguisher, ladder-up using rope and hose maneuvering with structural firefighting.

Those from the barangays or public sector, pitied skills on bucket relay, busted hose to ladder up using rope, method of transfer, bandaging, simple packaging on spine board using T-Bandage, hose maneuvering with structural firefighting and urban firefighting.

Timbancaya said the objective of the event is to promote unity among the fire volunteers.

“Ang aim ng event na ito is not the competition itself but to promote camaraderie ng bawat volunteer responder and magkaroon na rin ng venue para ma-test ‘yong na-acquire na nilang training and skills at ma-assess din nila kung saan baa ng areas for improvement nila para ma-insure ‘yong kanilang operational readiness”, he said.

Joey Estrada, president of the JCI Puerto Princesa Kiao, expressed interest in institutionalizing the event.

“Hopefully, itutuloy-tuloy na natin, unti-unti na nating tinataasan ‘yong mga event, dinadagdagan natin ‘yong event… sana may water rescue na or may high-angle rescue na” Timbancaya added.

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