Navotas forms water rescue teams

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Eighteen rescuers earned recognition from Mayor John Rey Tiangco, together with Vice Mayor Clint Geronimo and the city councilors, for completing the water rescue and search (WASAR) training of the Metro Manila Development Authority.

The rescuers, composed of representatives from the barangays, Navotas City Police Station, Bureau of Fire Protection-Navotas and volunteer firefighters, underwent the 7-day training at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.

Of the 18, three completed the one-mile (1.6 kilometers) open-water swim at Manila Bay near the Navotas Centennial Park.

“Navotas is surrounded by bodies of water, the Manila Bay and the Navotas-Malabon River. It is crucial for us to establish a WASAR team to ensure the safety of our constituents especially during calamities,” Tiangco said.

Another set of Navoteños will undergo flood rescue training in October.