WOF hosts prestigious graduation ceremony for 41 Crew Leaders
Working on Fire (WOF) in Mpumalanga proudly hosted a graduation ceremony for 41 Type 2 crew leader graduates at the Breakthrough Nelspruit Training Academy on 18 November 2016.
The 41 firefighters from Limpopo, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal successfully completed the Type 2 crew leader course.
The graduates’ extensive training included integrated fire management, leadership skills, health & safety, physical training and first aid.
Top performing students were acknowledged with special trophies for the best student award for fitness (male and female), best student award for theory, best student award for overall performance and best student award for practicals.
“I am grateful that WOF provided this training for us. As a young woman, this will help me in leading my team going forward,” says Christina Philander, the recipient of the best female student award for fitness.
Since inception, the Nelspruit Training Academy has provided training for close to 3 000 firefighters, focusing on refresher training for crew leaders, as well as training for Type 1 and Type 2 crew leaders.
Breakthrough Academy Manager Jakes Choiva told the graduates that, while he understood that the training was not easy, it was worthwhile and should not be taken for granted.
“I am immensely proud to host all of you here today. You pushed through against extreme weather conditions and showed that nothing can deter you,” said Choiva.
Kishugu Training General Manager Mervin Brody said, “You are equipped, trained and well prepared. Enjoy the ride, go out there, take the lead and deliver the results.”