(CNN) – Brazil’s hoping for a safe and secure official start to the Olympics on Friday. Military police have already taken over the security of foreign delegations starting Wednesday. And officials have held numerous safety drills to make sure the emergency teams are ready.
Military firefighters are called to duty for the final rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. It’s the last opportunity to test protocols before the main event. The first goal, he says, arriving to Maracanã stadium from the fire station in five minutes.
Col. Wanius de Amorium, state military fire brigade states “it’s a good way to check to see if everything is okay or if we are going to have to mitigate or adjust our plan.”
A few minutes in, military soldiers are along the route, just as planned. The dozens of firefighters roll into maracana stadium just in time.
Col. Wanius de Amorium, state military fire brigade continues “I already saw some stuff that I would like to see better at the opening ceremony. I think we need to have our motorcycles inside the caravan to make this easier.”
Motorcycles are key in the case of a road block because they can weave through traffic to provide first aid. But this is an inter-agency effort, involving military, police and the city of Rio. 2 minutes before the last test and the road is not blocked as planned.
Because the city of Rio didn’t send someone to move these cones to create the road block. Firefighters communicated with the city of Rio, which is in the protocol, and asked them if they can step in and do the job for them.
With the road blocked, de Amorium makes his way around the stadium and points out one more thing. The emergency vehicles are on the wrong lane and he asks his firefighters to adjust. As he completes his walk-through, the ambulances are in the right place and so are soldiers supporting the effort.
A satisfactory safety drill on the outside. As for the rehearsal of the opening ceremony, inside Maracanã stadium, that is a guarded secret.