City of Cape Town honours its Disaster Risk Management volunteers
The Disaster Risk Management Centre’s (DRMC) Volunteer Corps has a long and proud track record of service to the residents of Cape Town. There are 14 volunteer units around the metropole, with just over 500 registered members. Volunteers assist the DRMC with standby duties at fire stations, first aid rooms and during fires and/or floods. They are also called on to assist with large scale events that draw big crowds and form an integral part of the City’s festive season preparedness plan.
This past weekend numerous volunteers were acknowledged for their service and commitment to the corps.
Some have notched up five years of service, others 10 or 15 years and then there were the veteran volunteers, including Julia Overmeyer from the Ottery unit (20 years), Ross Crymble based in Melkbosstrand (25 years) and Joseph Siebritz from Ottery, marking an incredible 30 years of volunteering.
Several volunteers received certificates for their valuable contribution to the corps, while three units received commendations for specific incidents, including assisting with the birth of a baby at Camps Bay Beach.
A list of recipients who attended is available here: https://bit.ly/3Y6quC4
“A hearty congratulations to all of our volunteers who received awards for acts of service or reaching milestones in their journey with the City. We would not be able to accomplish everything we do if not for the selfless commitment of each and every active volunteer out there. We value their contribution to making our city safer and we hope to be able to grow this very successful initiative even more in the years ahead. Cape Town has a thriving culture of volunteerism, not only in the Disaster Management arena but also our Law Enforcement volunteers as well as our many committed Neighourhood Watch members and we tip our hats to each and every one of them,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
Pictured with the recipients are Deon le Roux, head: Training and Capacity Building, DRMC (white shirt), Alderman JP Smith and Dr Johan Minnie Manager: DRMC
Source: City of Cape Town media office