EC firefighters join the Yellow Card Training Camp in preparation for fire season
Working on Fire in the Eastern Cape recently conducted the Yellow Card Training Camps at the Wriggleswade Dam for 15 teams.
The Eastern Cape Training Officer, Bheki Mhlabane, said that the major objective of the Training Camp was to issue competency cards to all the participants that passed the required fitness test and examinations during the Yellow Card Training Camp.
“We assessed the readiness of the fire fighters by testing the fitness in order to see if they are mentally and physically fit to face fires during the fire season,” Mhlabane explained.
He said that all fire fighters worked very hard to obtain their yellow cards as they passed their 2.4km run, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups as well as running through a fire wall. Nomaphelo Mgayi, a female fire fighter who obtained her yellow card said that she was very happy to get the yellow card because it means she is ready to fight fires during fire season.
“The tests we went through during the Yellow Card Training were very tough but through hard work and dedication we succeeded as a team,” she explained.
The Eastern Cape is one of the provinces that normally experience a difficult fire season every year. With the training the fire fighters got at the camp, 303 fire fighters that got their yellow card are ready for the 2016 fire season.