Battling through the blazes

Battling through the blazes

Two Bangkok firefighters share what it's like to be on the front lines of what can often be a very dangerous profession

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration currently has 1,800 firefighters. They need to pass physical and aptitude tests before learning about handling chemicals and firefighting on boats. The BMA has spent 3 million baht on firefighter training. (Photo by Panupong Changchai)
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration currently has 1,800 firefighters. They need to pass physical and aptitude tests before learning about handling chemicals and firefighting on boats. The BMA has spent 3 million baht on firefighter training. (Photo by Panupong Changchai)

Manop Khayanganna, 31, has on several occasions worked side by side with Chakkrit Khongkom, 37, a veteran firefighter whom he counts as his mentor.

The last time they worked together was on April 3 when an inferno gutted Ratchathewi Apartment on New Phetchaburi Soi 18. Mr Manop's memory of that day remains strong, as does his gratitude to Mr Chakkrit for saving him from death during the blaze.

Without Mr Chakkrit's experience, calmness and judgement, Mr Manop said he would have died in the Ratchathewi fire.

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