Recruits fight fire with vigour

2018-12-06 06:00
The key tasks assigned to seasonal firefighters include firefighting duties under the guidance and supervision of firefighters and officers, preparing for emergency incidents, and creating firebreaks along the urban edge.

The key tasks assigned to seasonal firefighters include firefighting duties under the guidance and supervision of firefighters and officers, preparing for emergency incidents, and creating firebreaks along the urban edge.

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In an effort to boost the Fire and Rescue Service’s firefighting capacity during the warmer months, the City of Cape Town has welcomed 114 seasonal firefighters into the fold.

The seasonal firefighters are employed specifically to assist with vegetation fires.

Hundreds of candidates vie for the seasonal firefighter positions by completing a series of physical and academic assessments. Successful candidates started their training in November. They are expected to assume operational duties from this month, December, until the end of April.

The four-week-long wildland firefighting course includes the basics of fighting vegetation fires, familiarisation with different types of equipment, and specific use of the equipment through simulation drills, as well as the specific roles and functions of each staff member when responding to a vegetation fire.

The key tasks assigned to seasonal firefighters include firefighting duties under the guidance and supervision of firefighters and officers, preparing for emergency incidents, and creating firebreaks along the urban edge.

“Anyone who is familiar with Cape Town will know that the hot, windy conditions that characterise summer make firefighting a difficult task indeed. That’s why we need as many bodies on the fire line as possible. Our seasonal staff are crucial to these firefighting efforts and I have every confidence that this year’s recruits will continue the good work that we’ve become accustomed to from our seasonal firefighters,” says JP Smith.

“I also want to tip my hat to the permanent staff who assist with the training of our seasonal recruits.

It is a mammoth task and the quality of the work that is delivered year after year speaks volumes about the passion and dedication of the trainers who are tasked with getting the recruits ready to face the fire line.”

Apart from the seasonal firefighters, the City will also enlist the services of two helicopters as well as a spotter plane to do aerial firefighting. While there are on average just over 200 firefighters on duty at the 30 fire stations around the metropole at any given time, the City has more than 900 professional firefighters who can be called on in the event of a major incident. It also has working relationships with a number of other agencies including Table Mountain National Park, the Volunteer Wildfire Service and surrounding municipalities.

V Fire emergencies can be reported to the Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.

In an effort to boost the Fire and Rescue Service’s firefighting capacity during the warmer months, the City of Cape Town has welcomed 114 seasonal firefighters into the fold.

The seasonal firefighters are employed specifically to assist with vegetation fires.

Hundreds of candidates vie for the seasonal firefighter positions by completing a series of physical and academic assessments. Successful candidates started their training in November. They are expected to assume operational duties from this month, December, until the end of April.

The four-week-long wildland firefighting course includes the basics of fighting vegetation fires, familiarisation with different types of equipment, and specific use of the equipment through simulation drills, as well as the specific roles and functions of each staff member when responding to a vegetation fire.

The key tasks assigned to seasonal firefighters include firefighting duties under the guidance and supervision of firefighters and officers, preparing for emergency incidents, and creating firebreaks along the urban edge. “Anyone who is familiar with Cape Town will know that the hot, windy conditions that characterise summer make firefighting a difficult task indeed. That’s why we need as many bodies on the fire line as possible. Our seasonal staff are crucial to these firefighting efforts and I have every confidence that this year’s recruits will continue the good work that we’ve become accustomed to from our seasonal firefighters,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith.

“I also want to tip my hat to the permanent staff who assist with the training of our seasonal recruits. It is a mammoth task and the quality of the work that is delivered year after year speaks volumes about the passion and dedication of the trainers who are tasked with getting the recruits ready to face the fire line.”

Apart from the seasonal firefighters, the City will also enlist the services of two helicopters as well as a spotter plane to do aerial firefighting. While there are on average just over 200 firefighters on duty at the 30 fire stations around the metropole at any given time, the City has more than 900 professional firefighters who can be called on in the event of a major incident. It also has working relationships with a number of other agencies including Table Mountain National Park, the Volunteer Wildfire Service and surrounding
municipalities.

V Fire emergencies can be reported to the Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.

In an effort to boost the Fire and Rescue Service’s firefighting capacity during the warmer months, the City of Cape Town has welcomed 114 seasonal firefighters into the fold.

The seasonal firefighters are employed specifically to assist with vegetation fires.

Hundreds of candidates vie for the seasonal firefighter positions by completing a series of physical and academic assessments. Successful candidates started their training in November. They are expected to assume operational duties from this month, December, until the end of April.

The four-week-long wildland firefighting course includes the basics of fighting vegetation fires, familiarisation with different types of equipment, and specific use of the equipment through simulation drills, as well as the specific roles and functions of each staff member when responding to a vegetation fire.

The key tasks assigned to seasonal firefighters include firefighting duties under the guidance and supervision of firefighters and officers, preparing for emergency incidents, and creating firebreaks along the urban edge. “Anyone who is familiar with Cape Town will know that the hot, windy conditions that characterise summer make firefighting a difficult task indeed. That’s why we need as many bodies on the fire line as possible. Our seasonal staff are crucial to these firefighting efforts and I have every confidence that this year’s recruits will continue the good work that we’ve become accustomed to from our seasonal firefighters,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social development, JP Smith.

“I also want to tip my hat to the permanent staff who assist with the training of our seasonal recruits. It is a mammoth task and the quality of the work that is delivered year after year speaks volumes about the passion and dedication of the trainers who are tasked with getting the recruits ready to face the fire line.”

Apart from the seasonal firefighters, the City will also enlist the services of two helicopters as well as a spotter plane to do aerial firefighting. While there are on average just over 200 firefighters on duty at the 30 fire stations around the metropole at any given time, the City has more than 900 professional firefighters who can be called on in the event of a major incident.

It also has working relationships with a number of other agencies including Table Mountain National Park, the Volunteer Wildfire Service and surrounding municipalities­.

V Fire emergencies can be reported to the Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline­.

In an effort to boost the Fire and Rescue Service’s firefighting capacity during the warmer months, the City of Cape Town has welcomed 114 seasonal firefighters into the fold.

The seasonal firefighters are employed specifically to assist with vegetation fires. Hundreds of candidates vie for the seasonal firefighter positions by completing a series of physical and academic assessments. Successful candidates started their training in November. They are expected to assume operational duties from this month, December, until the end of April.

The four-week-long wildland firefighting course includes the basics of fighting vegetation fires, familiarisation with different types of equipment, and specific use of the equipment through simulation drills, as well as the specific roles and functions of each staff member when responding to a vegetation fire. The key tasks assigned to seasonal firefighters include firefighting duties under the guidance and supervision of firefighters and officers, preparing for emergency incidents, and creating firebreaks along the urban edge. “Anyone who is familiar with Cape Town will know that the hot, windy conditions that characterise summer make firefighting a difficult task indeed. That’s why we need as many bodies on the fire line as possible. Our seasonal staff are crucial to these firefighting efforts and I have every confidence that this year’s recruits will continue the good work that we’ve become accustomed to from our seasonal firefighters,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith.

“I also want to tip my hat to the permanent staff who assist with the training of our seasonal recruits. It is a mammoth task and the quality of the work that is delivered year after year speaks volumes about the passion and dedication of the trainers who are tasked with getting the recruits ready to face the fire line.”

Apart from the seasonal firefighters, the City will also enlist the services of two helicopters as well as a spotter plane to do aerial firefighting. While there are on average just over 200 firefighters on duty at the 30 fire stations around the metropole at any given time, the City has more than 900 professional firefighters who can be called on in the event of a major incident. It also has working relationships with a number of other agencies including Table Mountain National Park, the Volunteer Wildfire Service and surrounding municipalities.

V Fire emergencies can be reported to the Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.

In an effort to boost the Fire and Rescue Service’s firefighting capacity during the warmer months, the City of Cape Town has welcomed 114 seasonal firefighters into the fold.

The seasonal firefighters are employed specifically to assist with vegetation fires.

Hundreds of candidates vie for the seasonal firefighter positions by completing a series of physical and academic assessments. Successful candidates started their training in November. They are expected to assume operational duties from this month, December, until the end of April.

The four-week-long wildland firefighting course includes the basics of fighting vegetation fires, familiarisation with different types of equipment, and specific use of the equipment through simulation drills, as well as the specific roles and functions of each staff member when responding to a vegetation fire.

The key tasks assigned to seasonal firefighters include firefighting duties under the guidance and supervision of firefighters and officers, preparing for emergency incidents, and creating firebreaks along the urban edge.

“Anyone who is familiar with Cape Town will know that the hot, windy conditions that characterise summer make firefighting a difficult task indeed. That’s why we need as many bodies on the fire line as possible. Our seasonal staff are crucial to these firefighting efforts and I have every confidence that this year’s recruits will continue the good work that we’ve become accustomed to from our seasonal firefighters,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith.

“I also want to tip my hat to the permanent staff who assist with the training of our seasonal recruits. It is a mammoth task and the quality of the work that is delivered year after year speaks volumes about the passion and dedication of the trainers who are tasked with getting the recruits ready to face the fire line.”

Apart from the seasonal firefighters, the City will also enlist the services of two helicopters as well as a spotter plane to do aerial firefighting. While there are on average just over 200 firefighters on duty at the 30 fire stations around the metropole at any given time, the City has more than 900 professional firefighters who can be called on in the event of a major incident. It also has working relationships with a number of other agencies including Table Mountain National Park, the Volunteer Wildfire Service and surrounding
municipalities.

V Fire emergencies can be reported to the Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.

In an effort to boost the Fire and Rescue Service’s firefighting capacity during the warmer months, the City of Cape Town has welcomed 114 seasonal firefighters into the fold.

The seasonal firefighters are employed specifically to assist with vegetation fires.

Hundreds of candidates vie for the seasonal firefighter positions by completing a series of physical and academic assessments. Successful candidates started their training in November.

They are expected to assume operational duties from this month, December, until the end of April.

The four-week-long wildland firefighting course includes the basics of fighting vegetation fires, familiarisation with different types of equipment, and specific use of the equipment through simulation drills, as well as the specific roles and functions of each staff member when responding to a vegetation fire.

The key tasks assigned to seasonal firefighters include firefighting duties under the guidance and supervision of firefighters and officers, preparing for emergency incidents, and creating firebreaks along the urban edge.

“Anyone who is familiar with Cape Town will know that the hot, windy conditions that characterise summer make firefighting a difficult task indeed. That’s why we need as many bodies on the fire line as possible. Our seasonal staff are crucial to these firefighting efforts and I have every confidence that this year’s recruits will continue the good work that we’ve become accustomed to from our seasonal firefighters,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith.

“I also want to tip my hat to the permanent staff who assist with the training of our seasonal recruits. It is a mammoth task and the quality of the work that is delivered year after year speaks volumes about the passion and dedication of the trainers who are tasked with getting the recruits ready to face the fire line.”

Apart from the seasonal firefighters, the City will also enlist the services of two helicopters as well as a spotter plane to do aerial firefighting. While there are on average just over 200 firefighters on duty at the 30 fire stations around the metropole at any given time, the City has more than 900 professional firefighters who can be called on in the event of a major incident. It also has working relationships with a number of other agencies including Table Mountain National Park, the Volunteer Wildfire Service and surrounding municipalities.

V Fire emergencies can be reported to the Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.

In an effort to boost the Fire and Rescue Service’s firefighting capacity during the warmer months, the City of Cape Town has welcomed 114 seasonal firefighters into the fold.

The seasonal firefighters are employed specifically to assist with vegetation fires.

Hundreds of candidates vie for the seasonal firefighter positions by completing a series of physical and academic assessments. Successful candidates started their training in November. They are expected to assume operational duties from this month, December, until the end of April.

The four-week-long wildland firefighting course includes the basics of fighting vegetation fires, familiarisation with different types of equipment, and specific use of the equipment through simulation drills, as well as the specific roles and functions of each staff member when responding to a vegetation fire.

The key tasks assigned to seasonal firefighters include firefighting duties under the guidance and supervision of firefighters and officers, preparing for emergency incidents, and creating firebreaks along the urban edge.

“Anyone who is familiar with Cape Town will know that the hot, windy conditions that characterise summer make firefighting a difficult task indeed. That’s why we need as many bodies on the fire line as possible. Our seasonal staff are crucial to these firefighting efforts and I have every confidence that this year’s recruits will continue the good work that we’ve become accustomed to from our seasonal firefighters,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith.

“I also want to tip my hat to the permanent staff who assist with the training of our seasonal recruits. It is a mammoth task and the quality of the work that is delivered year after year speaks volumes about the passion and dedication of the trainers who are tasked with getting the recruits ready to face the fire line.”

Apart from the seasonal firefighters, the City will also enlist the services of two helicopters as well as a spotter plane to do aerial firefighting. While there are on average just over 200 firefighters on duty at the 30 fire stations around the metropole at any given time, the City has more than 900 professional firefighters who can be called on in the event of a major incident. It also has working relationships with a number of other agencies including Table Mountain National Park, the Volunteer Wildfire Service and surrounding
municipalities.

V Fire emergencies can be reported to the Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.

In an effort to boost the Fire and Rescue Service’s firefighting capacity during the warmer months, the City of Cape Town has welcomed 114 seasonal firefighters into the fold.

The seasonal firefighters are employed specifically to assist with vegetation fires.

Hundreds of candidates vie for the seasonal firefighter positions by completing a series of physical and academic assessments. Successful candidates started their training in November. They are expected to assume operational duties from this month, December, until the end of April.

The four-week-long wildland firefighting course includes the basics of fighting vegetation fires, familiarisation with different types of equipment, and specific use of the equipment through simulation drills, as well as the specific roles and functions of each staff member when responding to a vegetation fire.

The key tasks assigned to seasonal firefighters include firefighting duties under the guidance and supervision of firefighters and officers, preparing for emergency incidents, and creating firebreaks along the urban edge. “Anyone who is familiar with Cape Town will know that the hot, windy conditions that characterise summer make firefighting a difficult task indeed. That’s why we need as many bodies on the fire line as possible. Our seasonal staff are crucial to these firefighting efforts and I have every confidence that this year’s recruits will continue the good work that we’ve become accustomed to from our seasonal firefighters,” says Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith.

“I also want to tip my hat to the permanent staff who assist with the training of our seasonal recruits. It is a mammoth task and the quality of the work that is delivered year after year speaks volumes about the passion and dedication of the trainers who are tasked with getting the recruits ready to face the fire line.”

Apart from the seasonal firefighters, the City will also enlist the services of two helicopters as well as a spotter plane to do aerial firefighting. While there are on average just over 200 firefighters on duty at the 30 fire stations around the metropole at any given time, the City has more than 900 professional firefighters who can be called on in the event of a major incident. It also has working relationships with a number of other agencies including Table Mountain National Park, the Volunteer Wildfire Service and surrounding municipalities.

V Fire emergencies can be reported to the Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.

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