Former firefighter now Fire Awareness Training Officer
Former Working on Fire (WOF) firefighter, Rudi Lucas, aged 33, has been appointed the Fire Awareness Training Officer in the Western Cape.
Lucas started his journey as a firefighter in January 2009. “I learnt to be part of a team. I felt like I belonged because we had to trust each other as our job was quite dangerous.
Being a firefighter was easy because I have a passion for what I do. Working on Fire gave me many opportunities in life for which I am grateful.”
WOF enabled him to attend courses such as catering, brush cutting, chainsaw use and first aid. In 2012 he became a Type 2 Crew Leader. Aiming ever higher, in August 2014, Lucas became a fire awareness assistant and in 2016 he became the Fire Awareness Training Officer (FATO) in the Western Cape.
Lucas says, “I can really say the support I received from management and fellow colleagues was great. I felt good about myself and knew that there was a better life for me. Word spread to higher management about my passion for firefighting and my willingness to always strive to do my best. Thank you Working on Fire for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many.”