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Members of the Special Rescue Unit of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Caraga slowly descend from the third floor of the BFP-Surigao Central Fire Station building as part of their Height Rescue Operations Level 1 training. (photo by Erwin Mascarinas)

Singaporeans help improve firefighting unit in Caraga

By Erwin M. Mascarinas
Correspondent .

SURIGAO City – Considered as the elite among fire fighters of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the members of the Bureau’s Special Rescue Unit in Caraga underwent a week-long training with the help of Singaporean rescue experts.

“Our SRU members are the best among our firefighters when it comes to search and rescue scenarios. Although they already had their basic rescue training, this seven-day course would further improve the skills and techniques of our firefighters,” said Senior Supt. Romel Tradio, BFP regional director. 

Tradio said the firefighters are expected to know more about advanced industrial rescue techniques, and they would be introduced to new equipment.

The training is a joint partnership project between the BFP in Caraga and Region 4A Calabarzon, and the Tris Safety Singapore that introduced the Technical Rope and Rescue Asia system for rescue.

Kim Teck Chiang and Lang Hong Tan, rescue experts of Tris Safety Singapore, said the techniques are at par with world standards on industrial rescue scenarios.

“I developed the system to basically raise the standards for Asia in terms of rope technique rescue. With the system, the firefighters who would also be responding to as rescuers would be able to do their job safely and efficiently with the proper skills and method,” said Chiang. 

Chiang explained that he developed the techniques during his days in the military in late 1970s.

“In the Army, we used the rope techniques during operations. I started doing this professionally in the 1990s. I went to United Kingdom for more training until I fully developed the system that is meant for Asia,” said Chiang.

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