MD Message April
The Western Cape Summer Fire Season is busy winding up and on behalf of the entire management in Working on Fire I want to extend our gratitude and thanks to all our participants for having worked tirelessly throughout the summer period to ensure that we provide an uninterrupted fire fighting resource to our stakeholders throughout the Western Cape.
Early indications are that despite the drought the Western Cape is experiencing, the Summer Fire Season went much better than previous years largely as a result of better preparedness and coordination amongst all provincial stakeholders.
The Yellow Card Training Camps have been completed in most of the provinces and these camps were aimed at ensuring that all firefighters are fit and ready to be able to be on active duty during this upcoming fire season.
I received positive feedback from all the provinces who recently completed their Yellow Card Training camps.
We also held a successful National Training Camp in Gauteng recently which has prepared us to have available a National Deployment Team of fire fighters who have been specifically trained to be deployed to hotspots.
On the 27th April (Freedom Day) the country celebrated 22 years since our first free election and the birth of democracy in South Africa. South Africans joined in celebrating National Freedom Day across the country in reflecting on the achievements we have made as a nation.
The Working on Fire programme has over the past 12 years also contributed significantly to the attainment of government’s commitment to broaden democracy by providing access to work opportunities. This has been achieved through the work opportunities which have been created through the Working on Fire programme.