Recruits learn the value of working together
“The first time when I arrive at the WOF Academy, we didn’t know what to expect. It was a whole new environment to us. We had mixed feelings of happiness and being scared at the same time,” says Maite Thobela, a newly appointed firefighter at Mookgophong Base.
Pursuing its commitment to restoring dignity and alleviating poverty, WOF recruited five Mookgophong youths and trained them in firefighting skills before they were placed at their base.
These young men and women couldn’t contain their happiness as they talked about the change the programme brought in their lives.
“The academy taught us to work together as a team and they even said you won’t be successful unless you work with other people.
We cooperated with each other and also participated in each and every practical,” says Tebogo Mabotja, who is also a firefighter at Mookgophong.
At the academy they were taught about integrated fire management services and the safety measures that they need to take at all times while on the fire line.
The safety of the firefighters takes priority at WOF.
Their discipline, health and fitness also improved.
“The minute we got sick they took us to the doctor and made sure we got well before doing any activity.
This made us realise that the health of a firefighter comes first. We would like to thank our crew leaders and instructors who supported us throughout this new journey,” says Thobela.