Firefighter’s positive attitude pays off
Nomawabo Saul, the Base Communications Representative (BCR ) of the Tsitsikamma Team in the Eastern Cape, says that if there is one thing that she has learned about working with people, it is that it can be challenging, but your attitude determines how you make it work.
Saul joined Working on Fire in 2016 at the Tsitsikamma Base. “I matriculated in 2009. In 2012 I went to Ngqungqushe FET College to further my studies but I did not finish due to financial problems,” explains Saul.
When she started in the WOF programme, she gave it her all, worked hard and was always willing to learn, which led to her being appointed as a BCR . “Working as a BCR had its challenges as the team didn’t accept my role. It became very hard and I was tempted to leave the position but I realised that the challenges were all part of growing and learning,” she says.
Saul then made it her mission to ensure that her team understood her role.
“Things became better and my team supports me, now I have grown to be better at my job. I can write articles, take better pictures and be confident enough to address the team,” she says.
She advises all firefighters to take on new opportunities with both hands and learn from them to broaden their skills beyond firefighting.