Five firefighters from four bases in the West Rand region in Gauteng are attending a structural firefighting course at Greyton’s Rural Metro Academy in KwaZulu Natal from 6 October.
The course will last for 10 weeks. One of the firefighters Esther Motone from Wedela base said that she appreciates the opportunity offered to her because she struggled to fund it herself.
‘‘This is truly preparing me to exit the programme. I am going to do my best and possibly come out a top student at the end of the course. I am not going to let myself down,’’ said jubilant Motone.
Another participant Thabang Dyasi of Abe Bailey team said that opportunity arisen at the perfect time when he needed to upskill himself. This, he said it was going to help him improve his life forever.
Nolufefe Mafukulwana from Wedela base said she is humbled for being selected for the training. ‘‘In 2015 I started doing my grade 11 through Abet training. Around 2017 I managed to complete my matric. Hard work and dedication pay a lot,’’ said Nolufefe. Now, she said it a turning point for her to climb ladder to greater things. Mafukulwana told WoFire News that she is going to miss her kids but she has cogent reason to be away.
Frank Maseko a crew leader type 2 at Maropeng team is one of the participants to do the course. ‘‘The training will help me balance my knowledge and skills in veld and structural firefighting. That is vital for me,’’ he said.
John Ludidi from Carletonville base is joining the pack to KZN for this training as well. He said the skills will benefit his community especially those in informal settlements.
General Manager Stephen Boyes for Working on Fire programme in Gauteng wished the firefighters well.
‘‘You need to make us proud by ensuring that you pass with distinctions. Opportunities will arise in due process after completing this training. I trust you are equal to the task at hand,’’ he said.