City of Cape Town tips its hat to seasonal fire fighters
At the end of this week, the City of Cape Town will bid farewell to its current crop of seasonal fire fighters. The administration has, for more than a decade, been recruiting and training Seasonals to assist with the increase in vegetation fires over the summer months. This past season, we relied on the services of many former seasonal recruits, as Covid-19 prevented the Fire and Rescue Service from hosting their traditional try-outs. For the past five months, just under 100 seasonal fire fighters have been stationed at six fire stations around the metropole; assisting permanent staff in the management of vegetation fires.
Between 1 December 2020 and 27 April 2021, the Fire and Rescue Service responded to a total of 6 596 vegetation fires. Many of these Seasonals were also involved in fire fighting efforts during the recent Rhodes Memorial fire.
As the curtain falls on their time with the service, the City of Cape Town would like to extend its sincere appreciation for their efforts and the contribution made to public safety. This programme has proven its worth time and again, as it not only shores up the City’s defences but also provides a valuable learning experience for aspiring fire fighters.
On average, between 10 and 15 percent of the seasonal fire fighters successfully compete for a spot as learner fire fighters each year, so the potential for advancement is clear.
“I would also like to thank the permanent fire fighters who have overseen the seasonal firefighter programme for their commitment and dedication in ensuring its success”, said Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, City of Cape Town.
• Sir Lowry’s Pass – Senior fire fighters Gabriel Williams and Charlton Engelbrecht
• Belhar – Senior fire fighters Junair Moodie and Shane Williams
• Fish Hoek – Senior fire fighters Siraaj Theunissen and Graham Damons and fire fighter Joshua Mozes
• Roeland Street – Fire fighters Franco Moses and Angelo Philander
• Milnerton – Senior fire fighter Vuyisa Mavundla and Fire fighter Rethabile Molaoa
• Bellville – Senior fire fighters Jakobus Brand and Kenneth Eyberg and Fire fighter Christopher Cronje
Source: Media office, City of Cape Town