Local residents joined relevant forces in an exercise to deal with fires at the Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island) world biosphere reserve in central Quang Nam province on May 27.

During the drill, co-organised by the provincial Ranger Department and Hoi An city People’s Committee, hundreds of border guards stationed on Cham Island were mobilized together with local forest rangers to put out the fire.

In addition, the medical staffs gave first aid to the injured and transported them to the hospitals.

According to head of the provincial Ranger Department Phan Tuan, the drill offered useful experiences for local community in dealing with fire during the dry season, especially when Cham Island is 25km away from the mainland.

Cham island biosphere reserve is currently home to 1,500 hectares of special-used forests.-VNA