Cape Winelands District Municipality Fire and Rescue Services welcome new fire fighters
The Cape Winelands District Municipality’s (CWDM) Fire and Rescue Training Academy based in Stellenbosch hosted the official stepping out parade for the Spring 2021 graduates of the Fire Fighter Level 1 Course on Friday, 22 October 2021.
The entry level qualification required for fire fighters is, Fire Fighter I and allows the graduate to work under direct supervision and exposes learners to the fundamentals of firefighting. The South African Emergency Service Institute (SAESI) accepts this international standard as the South African level of competence to perform the duties of a professional fire fighter. Recently appointed CWDM Fire Chief, Wayne Josias, took this opportunity to speak to the new fire fighters about their legacy, “I want to tell you that you have already started building your legacy and if you have not started it in the way, you would have liked to, the good news is you can change it today and amend it with urgency. Take that opportunity.” he encouraged.
The CWDM’s Fire Services are proud members of the of the fire service’s fraternity and are committed to improving the standard of their training and service. The service has a long and positive legacy of tradition which is passed on from generation to generation and promotes fire fighting as a noble occupation undertaken by humble, disciplined individuals.
This year’s graduates came from CWDM, Stellenbosch and Overstrand Municipalities and the South Africa Navy. The 16 new fire fighters committed to the course and despite the challenges of the pandemic and its implications finished the course with flying colours.
“The fire fighting profession is a noble one. It is one which requires risking and possibly sacrificing your life to ensure the safety of your fellow humans. In times of fire and related emergencies we depend on the courage, determination and resilience of our fire fighters. Therefore, we spare no effort in ensuring that our fire fighters undergo the best professional training to enable them to execute their enormous responsibilities as safely as possible.” Executive Mayor, Ald (Dr) Elna von Schlicht explained during her address.
The students under the guidance of their instructor Heinrich Louw, demonstrated their, discipline, commitment selflessness, courage and teamwork during the marching parade, which left the audience with goosebumps. It was, however, the proud smiles and happy tears of family members that made the day extra special.
A few students received special awards for their achievements, during the course. Martin van Wyk received the award for the Most Disciplined Student, Jason Griffith was recognised as the Best Practical Student and the award for Most Improved Student went to Lucky Ndinisa, who also received the Heinrich Louw Trophy. William Northcote took the prize for being named not only the Student of the Course but also the Best Theoretical Student.
With the annual wildfire season starting on 1 November, the CWDM Fire Services are proud to state that they are prepared and equipped with the best of the best to help save lives and property from the devasting effects of wildfires.
Source: Jo-Anne Otto, deputy director: Communication Services, Cape Winelands District Municipality