Working on Fire Teams in the Eastern Cape are ready for the upcoming summer fire season. This following the Yellow Training Camp (YCTC) which was conducted for the 10 teams in the Western part of the Eastern Cape from 12 to 20 October with more than 100 firefighters taking part.
The teams: Tsitsikamma, Addo, Longmore, Sarah Baartman, Bavianskloof , Baavianskloof West, Witelbos, St Francis and Lottering passed their training assessments which included physical fitness tests, tool inspections, water delivery, line construction and fire wall training. where they run through flames and dense smoke.
The YCTC is one of the final preparations the province has embarked on as they get ready for the upcoming Summer Fire Season which is expected to start in December. Firefighters complete Yellow Card Training to ensure that they are physically ready to fight fires come fire season. During YCTC firefighters refresh their firefighting skills and test their physical and mental fitness to ensure that they are fully ready to tackle fires in the upcoming fire season.
Firefighters across the Western part of the Eastern Cape will be deployed across the district to reduce personal and economic harm caused by unwanted wildfires.
The Ground Operation Manager (GOM) of Working On Fire in the Sarah Baartman district, Ongezwa Nonjiji said that she is impressed with the state of the readiness within the firefighters. She ensured the partners that they have qualified firefighters who are mentally and physically ready to fight fires aggressively but providing safely all times.