INFORMATION BLITZ: Zamboanga Mayor Beng Climaco announced that the city govt cannot meet the deadline to move all IDPs out of the grandstand into transitory shelters by Dec 15, following the questions posed on the quality of the housing units. The mayor said that even if the pace of the construction is slow, she wants the housing units to be of quality. Early this month, Climaco ordered the housing construction stopped following discovery that substandard materials were being used.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Lumbia garnered first prize award during the “fire Olympics” 2012

By: Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY, Apr. 3 (PIA) -- Fire volunteer brigade teams or the disaster assistance rescue brigade service (DARBS) of Barangay Lumbia on Friday garnered the first prize award in the 2012 fire Olympics held at the Pagadian city oval. While, the teams from Dumagoc and Tuburan ranked second and third, respectively. 

City Fire Marshall Sr. Inspector Rheno Cimafranca said the three (3) major winners received cash prizes from the city government and certificates of recognition. 

Seven (7) fire brigade volunteer teams from barangays Balangasan, Dao, Dumagoc, Lumbia, Tuburan, San Pedro , and Sta. Lucia joined the competition. 

Cimafranca said the Olympics is one of the major activities highlighting the Fire Prevention Month on March and the competition has been conducted annually since year 2003. 

“The competition is a simulation fire activity comprising of modified combat challenge wherein the teams simulate in responding to fire incidents by eliminating the fire,” Cimafranca said. 

Meanwhile, provincial head for special rescue unit Fire Officer I Jeoffrey Sisona, said the event was designed to help the barangays in training and equipping their respective volunteer fire brigades in the procedures on proper positioning and proper handling of fire hoses and nozzle especially in rescue operation,” he said. 

“We train the brigades not only to enhance their fire safety awareness but also to help the BFP in responding safely in case fire and during natural calamities and disasters,” Sisona said recognizing the very important role of brigades in the fire-fighting operations. 

“What they’ve learned at the Olympics will be applied in their respective barangays,” he added. 

“Let us show to the world that we are ready not just for competition but for calamities also,” Sisona said 

The event contested by the teams were rescue and transfer relay operation, hose laying and replacement of busted hose, bucket relay and flammable liquid fire extinguisher.