Sometimes, it pays to have your camera ready even on ordinary days…
Take a look at this construction site. The workers were busy doing their job finishing the structure.
Suddenly, a car in a nearby junkyard exploded.
And then another parked truck exploded. Two cars were now on fire.
Then I heard a commotion. The structure was also already on fire!
People were trapped inside. The smoke was getting thicker.
Then I saw a fire truck arrived.
The firemen tried to put out the fire…
..and were able to successfully do it…
..to the relief of the onlookers.
A few minutes later, two helicopters came hovering above the structure.
Then some uniformed firemen came marching in. I wondered what was going to happen next.
Wait! They started dancing! The crowd cheered and they were like, “Are we seeing this right?”
They were indeed dancing! And the crowd was pretty delighted 😉 After all, it is a rare opportunity to see firemen dance..with gusto hahaha
Well, sorry for putting “Sometimes, it pays to have your camera with you even on ordinary days…” as my opening line. That was just a teaser hahaha. I actually knew what was happening and I was actually ready with my camera when I went to the Fire National Training Institute (FNTI) at Camp Vicente Lim in Laguna where all these happened.
Everything was part of the recently-held graduation exercises of about 300 new Pinoy firemen who demonstrated various firefighing and rescue techniques.
I salute these new firemen who endured half a year of being away from their families to train at FNTI. Hindi biro ang pinagdaanan nilang training. Some have experienced collapsing out of exhaustion. May mga nagkasakit. May mga nagtiis na walang extra money na pambili ng mga personal na pangangailangan. I know all these because someone close to my heart was standing among these proud firemen that day.