Virtual fire station tour and fire safety messages for kids from eThekwini
eThekwini Fire and Emergency Services’ Dave Leppan, station commander at Cato Ridge Fire Station in Durban, has produced two videos providing children with a virtual ‘tour’ of the fire station while sharing strong fire safety messages that children of all ages would relate to. Said Leppan, “I have been in fire service now going on 20 years and I knew from a young age that I would be involved in helping people in some way or another. With kids being home now 24/7 due to lockdown and having been to a number of house fires, I felt they needed to hear from us in terms of safety regarding house fires. With my background in computers, I used my editing skills to make a video that would relate to kids of all ages. I used a little movie magic to emphasise the risk of fires at home and in particular, fires at night. With the help of my crew, we managed to do two videos, one in English and one in Zulu. The videos have been seen over 30 000 times and there are calls for more videos like these.”
“I joined as a volunteer fire fighter in 1998 and in 2001 became permitted. Over the years I have worked my way up to an acting station commander in April 2015. As of 1 April 2020, I was appointed station commander at Cato Ridge Fire Station. The next video will be about COVID-19 and what kids should do to protect themselves and their fellow school learners when retuning back to school. The information will be in line with the Department of Education guidelines, said Leppan.
A Facebook page has been created ‘Firefighter Dave’ or search @firefightersa to be able to share future content that will involve interviews and safety advice from the likes of paramedics, police and other emergency services.
What an encouraging and proactive message. Please share yours!
COVID-19 Resources page
We have uploaded more documents and speeches to our COVID-19 Resources page, a one-stop-shop for first responders, emergency services and chiefs in order to provide all available information on a single platform and save you the time of searching for documents and links.
New in the folder this week:
Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on South Africa's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 23 April 2020
WHO Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and considerations during severe shortages
Harmonisation of Short Code ‘111’ for Coronavirus COVID-19 National Emergency Services (South Africa)
WHO Infection Prevention and Control for the safe management of a dead body in the context of COVID-19
WHO Considerations for quarantine of individuals in the context of containment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
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