Young Filipino-Chinese Volunteer Firefighters Return to Taiwan for Emergency Rescue Camp
To effectively integrate government resources, strengthen communication with overseas Chinese youth, and engage them in community service activities, OCAC and the National Fire Agency of the Ministry of the Interior joined hands to host the 2015 Young Filipino-Chinese Firefighters Camp between April 27 and May 2. The camp was attended by 32 Chinese businessmen volunteering as firefighters and young firefighting trainees, as they took part in fire rescue drills, the demolition of vehicles, lifesaving knowhow and a series of professional rescue trainings. The trainees unanimously agreed that they have learned much from the experience. The group also visited the Fire Safety Museum of Taipei City Fire Department.
The trainees wrapped up their exercise at the Center on May 1, and visited Mr. Chen Shyh-Kwei, Minister of OCAC afterwards. The Minister commended the volunteers' commitment to ensuring community safety, stating that the professional training at the Center would surely bolster these devoted volunteers' rescue performance, enhance rescue service quality in the Philippines, and that they'd be a voice for the Republic of China and a strong backing for the overseas Chinese community upon their return to the Philippines, as they commit to ensuring the livelihood and property safety of their comrades.
Head of the camp, Mr. Chao Francis Eric, expressed his gratitude to OCAC for its longstanding support of Chinese volunteer firefighters in the Philippines to return to Taiwan to fine-tune their rescue skills, and apply what they learn to practice. He noted that the volunteer corps, a private organization, does not have the professional equipment and training program offered at the Center; the trip, therefore, is immensely constructive for trainees. He recalled that an alumni group, composed of trainees who have returned to Taiwan in previous years, was formed in 2014. These veterans shared what they learned in the camp to their fellow volunteers during routine meetings. Meanwhile, the trainees also expressed their heartfelt thanks to OCAC and the National Fire Agency for the opportunity and warm reception, saying that the program is worthy of greater promotion in the future, so that more aspiring volunteers could also visit Taiwan to polish their emergency rescue skills.