In celebration of Fire Prevention Month this March, SM City Marikina together with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Marikina once again held the Junior Firefighters Camp at the Mall Atrium this weekend.
In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for professional fire fighters. Kids, teens, adults, and the elderly are all at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire. Thus, it is important that the firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.
During the SM City Marikina Junior Firefighters Camp 2020, kids from two to 13 years old experienced first-hand firefighting skills and learned from the experts of the BFP-Marikina more about why we observe Fire Prevention Month every March.
The event was graced by BFP-NCR Regional Director Chief Superintendent Wilberto Rico Neil Ang Kwan Tiu and Marikina City Fire Marshal Superintendent Bartolome O. Beliran, led by SM City Marikina’s Mall Manager Francis Brian Cruz.
The two-day camp gave the young mallgoers the chance to learn about local fire, rescue, and emergency medical services response organizations in a safe, controlled, educational, and fun way. Registration was FREE and trainees received a certificate upon completion of the activities.
At the Fire Square Roadshow, kids learned firefighting techniques, Electrical Safety, Disaster Preparedness, Warning Signages and Safety Practices. There were also themed obstacle courses with mock emergency scenario where they experienced the Collapsed Structure and House Full of Smoke where they learned to crawl their way out in the event of an earthquake or fire.
They also learned the importance of search and rescue skills and basic first aid such as CPR, bandaging and splinting. Other activities include ropemanship and knot tying, rappelling, and fun games like Fire and Ladder.
According to the new BFP-Marikina Chief, reaching out to people when they are young has long-range effects, and encouraging kids to take part in the emergency services is extremely beneficial to local communities and departments. Benefits of junior firefighter programs include allowing youth to gain insight and interest in becoming long-term members of the emergency services, encouraging volunteerism. It also a form of leadership development for Marikina youth, who are tomorrow’s leaders.
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