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Ho Chi Minh City firemen, rescuers practice hard daily to save lives

Sunday, April 11, 2021, 17:24 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City firemen, rescuers practice hard daily to save lives
Rescuers practice using ropes to save trapped victims from a fire in Ho Chi Minh City.

Fierce fires, swift water currents, and terrible accident scenes are where everyone wants to escape from, except for firefighters and rescuers who have to constantly practice there to improve their skills.

Many fires have recently occurred in Ho Chi Minh City, causing great damage to human lives and property.

During such incidents, firemen and rescuers always face the dangerous fires and the risks of building collapse to access and save the trapped victims before taking them to safe places.

These forces have to undergo harsh training every day to master the rescue skills and they are ready to be dispatched to such scenes any time.

At moments of life and death, human lives must be put above anything else, said Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Nhat Phuong, from the Fire Prevention and Fighting and Rescue Police Division (PC07) under the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Public Security.

Last year Phuong was honored as one of the Outstanding Young Citizens of Ho Chi Minh City. “There have been times when the firefighting order was issued as soon as we began to have meals,” the official said.

“We always bear in mind that taking action one minute faster will help significantly reduce possible damage.”

Last year saw 537 fires, explosions, and accidents happen in the city, taking 12 lives, injuring 27 others, and damaging more than 40,000 square meters of houses and factories, said Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Manh Truong, PC07’s deputy head.

Truong added that 82 victims were rescued during such calamities.

Nguyen Chi Thanh, an officer from a firefighting and rescue team, takes part in rescue operations in a real-life fire in Ho Chi Minh City.

Nguyen Chi Thanh, an officer from a firefighting and rescue team, takes part in rescue operations in a real-life fire in Ho Chi Minh City.

A drill conducted to improve skills of firefighting, rescue, and salvage in Ho Chi Minh City.

A drill is conducted to improve skills of firefighting, rescue, and salvage in Ho Chi Minh City.

Firemen join a drill to rescue people trapped in a high-rise building fire in Ho Chi Minh City.

Firemen join a drill to rescue people trapped in a high-rise building fire in Ho Chi Minh City.

Firemen are deployed to put out a fire in a drill in Ho Chi Minh City.

Firemen are deployed to put out a fire in a drill in Ho Chi Minh City.

Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Nhat Phuong practices saving drowning people in Ho Chi Minh City.

Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Nhat Phuong practices saving drowning people in Ho Chi Minh City.

A firefighting and rescue drill takes place at an apartment building in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City.

A firefighting and rescue drill takes place at an apartment building in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City.

A rescuer looks for missing victims in a river during a drill in Ho Chi Minh City.

A rescuer looks for missing victims in a river during a drill in Ho Chi Minh City.

Firefighters and rescuers play volleyball to relax and enhance their physical fitness in Ho Chi Minh City.

Firefighters and rescuers play volleyball to relax and enhance their physical fitness in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

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