Belize district dominates Fire Olympiad!

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 33            August 17, 2006

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Firefighters from all over Belize endured the heat as they competed in the 13th Fire Olympiad hosted by the Belize National Fire Service in San Pedro last weekend.

The one man hose drill was one of the ten challenges held. After two days of tough competition, Belize District Volunteers took home bragging rights.

Kudos to all the firefighters who braved the blistering heat to participate in this Fire Olympiad!

Over the weekend, the football field came alive as it was the venue for the 13th Fire Olympiad hosted by the Belize National Fire Service. The two day event saw volunteer Fire Fighters from all over the country meet in sunny San Pedro to compete against other departments and put their fire fighting skills to test.

   The first day of competition got off to a roaring start, fire fighters were all ready and primed to start the event. A total of 11 teams from across the country went head to head to compete for bragging rights as the best team of volunteer firefighters. There were 10 different drills they competed in including; the branch relay, hose drills, pump drills, replacing a burst length, rescue and more. All the challenges had first and second place overall winners.

   At the end of the two day event, the visiting Belize volunteers emerged as victors taking the overall first place trophy and much deserved bragging rights with an collective time of ten minutes and seventeen seconds (00:10:17). A close second place in the competition went to the Orange Walk crew who finished with a total time of eleven minutes and two seconds (00:11:02) and third was Benque Viejo del Carmen with a total time of 11 minutes and fourteen seconds (00:11:14). An honourable mention goes to the host branch, San Pedro, who managed to take second place in the four man pump drills challenge. Trophies were given out for the most improved station which was won by the Orange Walk department. The Officer in Charge, Jerome Garcia told The Sun “we gave this branch this trophy because last year they did not perform as well as they did this year which makes them the most improved.” Garcia further commented on its turnout, “we are disappointed in the general public, this was our most prolific day and we did not get the support of the people from the island. Sure it was a great occasion for us, but it is always nice to know that the people are behind you.”

   The fire Olympiad is an annual event, and held in different locations around the country. Overall, it was a very fruitful and productive two days of exercise for the volunteer firefighters, not only did they test their skills on accuracy but on speed as well. A list of sponsors and contributors on this event will be published in next week’s issue.
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