A group of 33 learner firefighters were awarded their badges and ranks during a graduation ceremony today, ahead of their deployment to various fire stations.
The City of Cape Town has acquired the services of 33 new permanent recruits, just in time for the busy summer season.
The group comprising 30 male and 3 female learner firefighters graduated from the Epping Training Academy today, 16 November 2017.
They were awarded their badges and ranks by the Chief Fire Officer – the final step in a near one-year long journey that included a gruelling physical assessment, interviews, and an eight-month training course covering a number of modules like Firefighter 1, hazardous materials awareness, and Level 3 first-aid.
The top students in the two trainee groups were Marcel Adriaanse and Esther Nieman, while Wade Mohamed and Luthando Mgqamakhwe were acknowledged as the most improved students in their respective groups.
‘This is a very proud day for the graduates and their families because firefighting is a calling that requires grit, determination and character. Many have tried to make the grade, but it’s not a career that everyone is cut out for. So I applaud the graduates for this achievement. The City is proud to welcome them into the fold and I am sure that they will be ambassadors to their employer in service to our residents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.
The graduates will be deployed to various fire stations around the city starting tomorrow, 17 November 2017.
‘Odds are that the recruits will quite literally face a baptism of fire, as experience shows that there is a massive increase in the number of vegetation fires over the warmer months. I have no doubt that their time at the training academy has prepared them for this and that they will be assets to the City’s Fire and Rescue Service. For now though, they can bask in the joy of their achievement until the hard work starts,’ added Alderman Smith.
Further bolstering our capacity to fight fires is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan goal to create safe communities. For more information on the City’s fire readiness for the summer season, click on the link here: http://www.capetown.gov.za/Media-and-news/City%20firefighters%20prep%20for%20a%20tough%20summer