Base is one year strong

2016-10-18 06:00
Some of the Disaster Risk Management volunteers in front of their Westridge office.

Some of the Disaster Risk Management volunteers in front of their Westridge office.

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The Disaster Risk Management (DRM) volunteers in Mitchell’s Plain celebrated their one-year anniversary recently and hosted a braai on Friday 30 September to thank volunteers.

The braai was followed by a children’s day on Saturday 1 October that allowed almost 200 children to experience a day of fun.

Entertainment included demonstrations in fire fighting, Scouts survival and medical response. There was also games.

A volunteer appreciation lunch was held on the Sunday to thank everyone, including their spouses and children, for their sacrifices.

The base – developed by the City of Cape Town – was established a year ago to serve as a central meeting and deployment point for volunteers from the surrounding area.

The pre-fab building is fully equipped with a meeting room, store room, kitchen, dispatch room, training facilities, air-conditioning and dignified showers and toilets.

DRM Mitchell’s Plain coordinator Jacobus Peterson says the base has improved response times significantly.

The volunteers have served thousands of hours over the past year and their duties included crowd control, medical response, fire and rescue and backup service to many of the City’s other community safety arms.

Currently the base has more than 50 volunteers.

V To become a volunteer or for any help, call Jacobus Peterson on 083 286 3988 or 021 374 5696.

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