City of Tshwane EMS passing out parade of fire fighters and recognition of personnel
The City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department held a passing out parade of fire fighters and acknowledgment of retired emergency services personnel on Monday, 5 September 2022, at the Lukas van der Berg Stadium in Pretoria. The passing out parade was held for the fire fighters who completed their refresher training and Firefighter II. The event coincided with the acknowledgement and recognition of 13 retirees who served with dedication and commitment, some for more than four decades. Present at the event was Alderman Randall Williams, executive mayor of Tshwane, MMC for Community Safety, Cllr Rina Marx, acting chief of Emergency Services, Chief Moshema Mosia and Tanja Terblanché, divisional chief: Business Operations, welcoming 38 new fire fighters.
Mayor Williams said, “The 38 new recruits underwent training, which included both theory and physical training. The group enrolled for Firefighter I and II courses. The recruits are former emergency medical care practitioners and following the successful completion of the fire fighter training, they will now join the Fire and Rescue Operations Division.”
“Back in May 2022, the Gauteng Provincial Government took over the emergency medical and ambulance service function, meaning that these services would no longer be provided by the City. Some of the emergency medical staff were then retrained to boost our Fire and Rescue Operations Division, especially with the upcoming operationalisation of Mamelodi Fire Station. On the very same day, just as we were hosting the passing out parade for the 38 new firefighters, a fire broke out in the Pretoria CBD at the Legal Practice Council offices. Our team of fire fighters were immediately dispatched and managed to speedily put out the fire, showcasing their skill and commitment. All building occupants were safely evacuated.”
“Our multiparty coalition government recognises and appreciates the critical role that the men and women in uniform from various disciplines play in keeping our communities safe, be it through crime fighting, responding to emergencies, assisting the ill or putting out fires,” added Mayor Williams.
Cllr Marx said, “These men and women in uniform, together with their dedicated team of fire service instructors, are a reason why we are gathered here today, to share in their pride and achievement. We will today, as part of this event, recognise and acknowledge some of our colleagues in the emergency services discipline who recently went on retirement after serving this City with dedication and passion over many years, some for more than three decades. These retired colleagues of ours, carry with them a knowledge which needs to be celebrated and their heroic and courageous work certainly surpasses what we may perceive as their experience during their many years of service.”
Source: Charles Mabaso, deputy chief: public information and liaison officer, City of Tshwane Emergency Services
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