Celebrating 14 years of service
The Working on Fire programme celebrated its 14th anniversary this October. Khomotso Moagi, who is now a Ground Operations Manager (GOM) in Gauteng, is a veteran participant in the programme.
Moagi, who hails from Bushbuckridge, recalls that when she was recruited into the second established Graskop Base on 6 October 2003, there were no Crew Leaders.
She attended the Type 2 Crew Leader course in February 2004 and the Type 1 Crew Leader course in 2005.
“I remember, we were four females and 11 males attending the course,” says Moagi.
The GOM recalls how her team used taxis to attend fire calls in the beginning.
“I can assure you that there were no fatalities,” she notes.
At that time, there were only teams in Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Participants attended firefighting training at the base which lasted for two days.
Moagi says, “We used to be trained by ex soldiers in how to do drilling and basic fitness exercises.”
She never thought then that one-day WOF would be a national programme celebrating its 14th birthday.
Rising through the ranks, she was promoted to training manager at the academy.
There, Moagi says her role was to train new recruits to become firefighters and Crew Leaders.
It was through hard work and dedication that Moagi rose to her current position.
Talking about the recruitment of female parolees into the programme, Moagi says the initiative was quite close to her heart as it fulfilled the poverty alleviation mandate of the programme.
She says it was good to work with ex-offenders.