Dagupan holds 1st Junior Fire Olympics


INSTEAD of merely holding token activities to highlight the month of March as ‘Fire Prevention Month’, the students in Dagupan are being trained how to become fire safety advocates through competition.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), in partnership with the Dagupan City government, has began conducting activities for a Junior Fire Olympics for students from seven secondary schools.

F/ Chief Inspector Georgian Pascua, BFP’s OIC Fire Marshal, said the Olympics format is aimed at involving the youth not merely in the observance of the fire prevention month but to make them fire safety advocates in their respective schools and communities.

“This is not the first activity that we intend to do involving the youth,” said Pascua.  “We have more of this until the practice becomes a habit to them,” he added.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez appreciated the program and showed her support by providing junior fireman suits to be worn by the participants.

“This is a very important activity for our youth. We do not just educate them but we also empower them and train them to become responsive. Civil duty starts even when we are still young and there’s no better time than today to train them,” said Fernandez.

Fernandez expressed the hope that the students who participated in the program will become mentors in their own schools to teach others on how to prevent fire.

“We have started training our youth on how to become bulilit entrepreneurs, bulilit POSO and now bulilit firemen,” said Fernandez.

The seven secondary schools that participated in the first activity were the Dagupan City National High School, Salapingao National High School, Judge Jose De Venecia Sr. Technical-Vocational Secondary School, Federico N. Ceralde Integrated School, Carael National High School, Bonuan Boquig National High School and East Central Integrated School.

The students competed in hose-throwing, bucket relay, flammable liquid fire extinguishment and hose-on-shoulder relay after being taught proper handling BFP personnel. (CIO/JCB)

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