Western District in Eastern Cape – Ready for fire season
More than 160 firefighters from nine Working on Fire teams in the western part of the Eastern Cape recently attended the week-long yellow card assessment held in Witelsbos.
According to WOF Eastern Cape Assistant General Manager, Phumza Dyantyi, the objective of the Yellow Card Training Camp was to issue competency cards to all the participants able to pass the required fitness test and examinations.
“The teams were assessed on their readiness by testing to see if they were mentally and physically fit to face fires during the fire season,” Dyantyi says.
Dyantyi says that the yellow card training is also a good opportunity for the participants to refresh firefighting skills.
The Eastern Cape has two fire seasons.
The winter fire season runs from May to October in the eastern part of the province and the summer fire season starts in December in the western part of the province.
During the yellow card assessment, all firefighters had to work hard to obtain their yellow cards and pass the fitness tests which included a 2.4km run, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups as well as passing through a fire wall.