The Gauteng PDMC and fire fighters pay tribute to fallen colleagues in commemoration of International Fire Fighters’ Day 2021
Hundreds of fire fighters paid tribute to the fire fighters who died on duty in commemoration of the International Fire Fighters Day 2021 on Tuesday, 4 May 2021. The Gauteng Brotherhood Club consisting of fire fighters and other rescue services personnel participated on a 10km march from Tembisa Fire Station to Olifantsfontein Fire Station in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. The key objectives for the walk were to honour these fallen heroes and create awareness to communities to protect them so that they are able to do their work in safe environment; this is in response to the recent attacks and criminal acts against fire fighters and rescue service personnel at night. The key message for the walk was “Protect us, so that we protect you”. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Lebohang Maile, also participated in the walk in solidarity.
Bravery awards for fire fighters and new homes for the victims of the Lisbon Bank fire
During the event hosted by the Gauteng Provincial Disaster Management Centre (PDMC) at the Olifantsfontein Fire Station in Ekurhuleni, fire fighters from across the province were given bravery awards as a token of appreciation for their sacrifices in protecting and saving lives, property and the environment. According to Dr Elias Sithole, the head of the PDMC “On this day, the province, the country and the world remembers and celebrates the bravery and selflessness of fire fighters. We say thank you for saving humanity and the environment”.
Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Lebohang Maile, in partnership with the Collen Mashabane Foundation, donated houses to the families of the three fire fighters who died at the Lisbon Bank fire incidence in September 2018. These departed fire fighters Mduduzi Ndlovu, Khathutshelo Muedi and Simphiwe Moropana, were remembered and honoured with their families in attendance.
The event, which was attended by fire chiefs and rescue personnel from across the province, was arranged and coordinated by the Provincial Disaster Management Centre (PDMC), whose mandate is to coordinate, promote and strengthen the system of disaster management and fire services in the province.
Source: Ms Futhi Msibi, Communications: Gauteng Provincial Disaster Management Centre and Provincial Fire and Rescue Services.
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