Former firefighter now field ranger

12 September, 2017

Former firefighter now field ranger

12 Sep,2017Profiles, WoFire News

Working on Fire prides itself in providing unemployed youth from disadvantaged communities with skills that improve their employability.

The success of the programme is proven by the regular numbers of former WOF participants who land jobs either in government service or the private sector annually.

Miranda Langaklaas joined the programme in July 2016 after struggling to get a proper job due to lack of skills.

“Prior to joining WOF I got piece jobs that didn’t pay much but helped me to survive,” she says.

When she heard that WOF was recruiting in Baviaanskloof, she knew she had to grab the opportunity in order to better her life.

“I passed all the fitness tests and was selected to the team. This was my first good job,” she says with a smile.

She was sent with other recruits for firefighting training in Nelspruit.

“On my return I worked hard, doing fire suppression and fire prevention which included conducting school and community fire awareness,” says Langaklaas.

Almost exactly a year later, her hard work led to a better opportunity.

“Early this year I applied to be a field ranger at the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency.

My application was successful due to the work experience I gained at WOF. I got the job in July,” she says.

Langaklaas appreciates what the WOF programme did for her. “I would like to advise firefighters to work hard work and dream big.

The sky is the limit,” she says.

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