Eastern Cape teams top up in preparation for upcoming fire season

2 March, 2017

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Eastern Cape teams top up in preparation for upcoming fire season

2 Mar,2017Training

East District region in the Eastern Cape recently recruited 14 young people to be trained as firefighters. According to Regional Manager Ongezwa Nonjiji, five people were recruited for the Ugie Team while nine were recruited for the Langeni Team.

“Many young people came for the recruitment to try their luck and only those who passed the fitness standard were selected,” says Nonjiji.

She says the fitness test included 40 pushups, 40 sit-ups as well as running 2.4 km in 14 minutes for females and 12 minutes for males. The recruitment process forms part of preparations for the upcoming winter fire season which will start in May in the East District.

Nonjiji says that all the new recruits will be taken to the training academy in Nelspruit and will undergo a training course that includes advanced firefighting, fire safety and other specialised skills.

Recruits will receive extensive training in the essentials of integrated fire management.

“Above all, the purpose of the programme is skills development for the young men and women,” she says, adding that the recruitment will alleviate poverty in the homes of the new recruits.

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