From a firefighter to a Training Officer
Danny Mafumo joined Working on Fire in July 2004 at Tzaneen base as a fire fighter, after hearing from his friend that WoF was recruiting youngsters from their community. Prior to joining WoF Danny was employed as a security officer. He resigned to pursue his passion of fire fighting with WoF.
“I never saw myself as a Training Officer one day. Looking back at my journey everything seems like a dream.” said Danny Mafumo, the newly appointed training officer for Working on Fire in Limpopo.
Danny settled very well within the WoF family because he was familiar with the fitness and discipline which he learned while he was on training as a soldier fighting for the country.
“My first surprise after joining WoF was the tools that were presented to us. I thought we were employed to be structural fire fighters as I have never heard of fire fighters fighting veld fires,” mentioned Danny.
The first fire Danny was dispatched to was in 2004 the same year he was recruited. He went there with a group of 22 fellow fire fighters. Even though he was scared, he said he braved everything because he wanted to prove to the ladies in the team that he can also do it.
Danny started showing leadership skills from day one; and it didn’t take management long to acknowledge that. In 2005 Danny was promoted to Crew Leader Type two and became Crew Leader Type one in 2006. In 2013 Danny was appointed as an Instructor at the WoF Academy in Mpumalanga where he was responsible for training newly appointed fire fighters to become qualified veld and forest fire fighters.
Danny was recently appointed into the position of the Provincial Training Officer for Limpopo. He is responsible for preparing the newly appointed fire fighters in the province before they go to the Academy for the official training.
“I’m very happy that I am now back at home where my whole journey started. It’s all thanks to my passion and hard work that I am now here,” said Danny.
Apart from his career responsibilities Danny is also a family man with a wife and three children. Being back in the province means that Danny will be involved in the upbringing of his kids and handling the matters of the family.
Another good story worth sharing! Congratulations to Mr Mafumo.