Get trained to help fight fires

2016-02-23 06:00

South Peninsula residents are learning to fight fire in a new fire awareness course.

The programme to train residents to be fire-wise is underway, with more than 50 neighbourhood watch members from Glen­cairn recently attending a training session on fire awareness and response.

Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase says: “The far south has been identified as a high-risk area following the recent fires. Residents are already vigilant about fire hazards and we welcome all interested parties and organisations to get involved in this initiative.”

The training is available for residents in the City of Cape Town’s South Peninsula Subcouncil, she says. It is envisioned that each community will have its own portable water pumps and hoses, particularly in areas that are not accessible to fire engines, such as high mountain slopes.

“In these areas the training will be beneficial. Residents will provide a rapid response and supplement the fire services resources. I want to encourage residents to be part of the team and take responsibility when fires occur,” she says.

The training includes an overview of the fires in the current fire season, how fire spreads and how homeowners can protect their homes.

The training also covers the importance of establishing and protecting fire breaks, communication procedures during fires and the different types of fire equipment used to extinguish fires. There is also a demonstration on the proper use of this equipment.

V For more information call the South Peninsula Subcouncil office on 021 784 2000.

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