Selaelo goes an extra mile to save lives

13 Sep,2017Profiles, WoFire News

Selaelo Vincent Chepape is a Type 1Crew Leader at Molemole Base in Limpopo whose passion for saving lives and protecting the environment goes beyond fighting fires.

As South Africa has a high rate of severe injuries and trauma due to road accidents, hospitals are in constant need of blood donors.

“I started donating blood last year while attending the learnership at the Working on Fire Academy in Nelspruit. My blood is one of those blood types that are scarce and I’m proud of myself that I’m sharing my blood to save lives,” says Chepape.

After donating at Nelspruit, Chepape was contacted by a representative of the South African National Blood Service in Mpumalanga for a second donation, but due to the long distance he asked to be referred to a centre in Polokwane which is closer to his home town.

“Saving lives is a calling for me. I guess I was born for this as even at WOF as a leader of a team of firefighters, you have to be passionate about saving lives before anything else. I’m glad that WOF exposed me to various ways of saving lives,” says Chepape.