Yellow Card Training Camp prepares teams for winter fire season
More than 250 firefighters from 17 teams in the East District of the Eastern Cape attended the Yellow Card Training Camp (YCTC) at Wriggleswade Dam from 4 April to 13 April.
According to the Ground Operations Manager of the province, Vuyo Poponi, the YCTC is aimed at issuing competency cards to all participants who meet the requirements.
“We assessed the readiness of the firefighters by testing their mental and physical fitness to face fires during the upcoming winter fire season,” Poponi says.
The physical fitness test that participants had to pass at the YCTC included a 2.4 km run, pushups, pull-ups, sit-ups as well as physically passing through fire. “Firefighters sometimes fight fires in mountainous areas during very hot weather so they need to be fit to survive such situations,” says Poponi.
One of the successful firefighters, Yanda Stuurman, says she was happy to have obtained the yellow card as this meant she was ready on all levels to fight fires in the upcoming fire season.
“The tests we went through were tough but through hard work, dedication and teamwork we succeeded,” she says.
Elsewhere in the province the West District teams were busy conducting fire prevention measures as they approached the end of the summer fire season.