Firefighters fight each other in southern Vietnam contest

By Truong Ha   June 11, 2020 | 07:51 am GMT+7
Firefighting departments from eight southern Vietnam provinces participated in a hard fought competition, putting all their life-saving skills to the test.
Firefighters fight each other in southern Vietnam contest

Firemen participate in a qualifying round of the firefighting and rescue competition Tuesday in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

The competition, organized by the Ministry of Public Security and Ba Ria-Vung Tau police, aims to improve firefighters' physical condition and their firefighting skills.

Eight teams from Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Long An, Tay Ninh, Tien Giang, Dong Thap and Ben Tre participated in the competition.

Firefighters fight each other in southern Vietnam contest

Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Duc Lap of the competition's referee board fires a gun to signal the start of one competition category.

The eight teams have fielded 160 officers to compete in various categories including 100 m obstacle and rescue run and a 4x100 m relay involving rescue and firefighting operations.

Firefighters fight each other in southern Vietnam contest

Officers of the Ba Ria-Vung Tau team race while carrying equipment like hoses and pump connectors in a water-shooting category.

Firefighters fight each other in southern Vietnam contest

An officer from the Ben Tre team leaps over a hurdle in the obstacle run.

Firefighters fight each other in southern Vietnam contest

An officer with a gas tank on his back crawls through a narrow “tunnel” in one of the races.

Firefighters fight each other in southern Vietnam contest

An officer of the Long An firefighting team sprints with an "injured" person on his back in a 100 m race.

"We compete to outdo ourselves, to be ready anytime, anywhere to firefight and minimize damages as much as possible," an officer said.

Firefighters fight each other in southern Vietnam contest

Officers of the Ba Ria-Vung Tau team deploy hoses during the competition.

Firefighters fight each other in southern Vietnam contest

An officer extinguishes a fire in the 4x100 m relay race.

Officers often practice no matter the challenges and weather conditions, said Lieutenant Nguyen Viet Ha of the Ba Ria-Vung Tau firefighting department, adding that the competition is also to let the public understand the "hardship and dangers that firefighters have to face while rescuing people from a fire."

Firefighters fight each other in southern Vietnam contest

An officer from Binh Duong closes in on the finish line in a firefighting and rescue race.

"The competition is really exciting. I was both worried and nervous. But, even if I lose today, I will gain experience and learn more from my competitors," he said.

Firefighters fight each other in southern Vietnam contest

Officers of the Ba Ria-Vung Tau team shoot water jets at two targets. Accuracy is an essential part of firefighting skills.

Firefighters fight each other in southern Vietnam contest

Officers of the Ba Ria-Vung Tau team celebrate after finishing first in the competition. The teams from Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Ben Tre have advanced to the national competition expected to take place in Da Nang City this July.

 
 
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