First South African appointed as chairman of the JOIFF Board of Directors
Johannes Jacobus Pienaar (Pine) has been appointed in November 2019 as the chairman of the JOIFF Board of Directors, an international organisation for industrial emergency response and fire hazard management. Pienaar is the first South African to head up the international organisation and has an impressive career in the fire service in South Africa, which started in 1971 at the Pretoria Fire Department as a learner fire fighter, working his way up to station officer. In 1978, Pienaar was appointed as assistant chief fire officer - admin and fire prevention at the Klerksdorp Fire Department and in 1981 he joined Sasol One in Sasolburg as chief fire officer. He joined Amfire South Africa in 1988 as director: technical and marketing and in 1990 was appointed as chief fire officer at the Engen Refinery situated in Durban, returning to his other passion in life, fire protection in the petrochemical field. Pienaar was appointed as chief fire officer in 1995 at Sasol Secunda from which he retired from on 30 November 2016.
“After 44 years in the fire protection and related fields, I decided to make myself available for specialised consultancy in high hazard industries and joined Fulcrum Consultants as an independent consultant in December 2016. This intention has never realised as personal challenges arose when my wife broke vertebrae in her back on 27 December 2016 and was subsequently diagnosed with myeloma cancer on 9 January 2017. The next year this took all of my attention but today I am glad to report that, after stem cell transplantation, my wife’s cancer is in remission since April 2018,” said Pienaar.
“I remained intimately close with JOIFF as director and in November 2019, I became chairman of the Board of Directors for JOIFF. Since my retirement I hosted two very successful JOIFF Conferences in Secunda, South Africa (and the third one is planned for July 2121, so watch the JOIFF website) and was also honoured to present a paper at the second JOIFF Malta Conference in 2018. JOIFF has evolved with strides and we are staging regular online (internet) shared learning events to ensure that our members receive up to date and quality knowledge based interventions,” Pienaar said.
JOIFF is a not-for-profit-organisation dedicated to Shared Learning, with the aim of increasing the competence of persons engaged in emergency service management in preventing and/or mitigating hazardous incidents in industry, in particular those who respond to incidents primarily in high hazard industry. The four pillars of JOIFF’s Shared Learning policy are:
Sources: Pine Pienaar, chairman, JOIFF Board of Directors and Alec Feldman, JOIFF
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