Limpopo Drivers brush up their skills for fire season

15 Mar,2016Training

Working on Fire Limpopo hosted the Drivers Yellow Card Training Camp which was attended by 26 drivers from across the province. The training which was aimed at refreshing drivers’ driving skills in preparation for the upcoming fire season took place at Letaba Show grounds in Tzaneen this month.

The training saw drivers learn how to fill up the water tank of the fire truck, strike unit drawing water from the river and fire escape driving skills.

Trucks have a vehicle protection unit installed to sprinkle water on the trucks to protect them from burning while attending to fires.

During the training, safety and equipment knowledge formed a huge part of the training. The province achieved a 100% pass rate on its drivers training and of the 26 drivers that passed two of them are females.

“I’m so honoured to be amongst the most competent male drivers in the province. I’m also lucky because they push me hard to do my best, they are my pillar and my motivation,” said Seki Lekalakala who is the first female to qualify as a WoF driver in the province.

During the passing out parade of drivers at Tzaneen, Limpopo General Manager, Sam Maepa said he was proud of the drivers who attended and completed the training.

“We trust that what you have learnt here will make a huge difference in the province and in your daily driving. You have now been promoted to be vehicle managers, meaning that you are accountable for the WoF vehicles that have been issued to you,” said Mr Maepa.

Newly appointed regional managers were also trained on how to operate the bakkie sakkie and were inducted on the role they should play on the fire line.

“The whole training was challenging but it has increased my knowledge. Though I’m new in this field, my eyes are now open and I believe that I am now ready to assist my teams in fighting veld fires when the need arises” mentioned Mpho van Rensburg, the newly appointed Regional Manager for Limpopo North.

Our drivers are now ready to be dispatched to all the fires that may occur in the province. One can never be too early to prepare for the fire season!