Fire safety comes first

2017-06-13 06:03
Some of the participants outside the Mitchell’s Plain fire station with their donated fire extinguishers.

Some of the participants outside the Mitchell’s Plain fire station with their donated fire extinguishers.

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A partnership between local early childhood development (ECD) centres and the City of Cape Town’s social development department has seen further training for ECD principals.

What started as a registration drive has resulted in a partnership with the City’s social development department and Fire and Rescue Services, and the Mitchell’s Plain ECD Forum.

The principals, teachers and ECD owners participated in a one-day programme on awareness and usage of fire extinguishers.

The training and awareness was provided by Platoon Commander Sylwin Rossouw of the Fire and Rescue Service.

Each ECD was also given a 4.5kg fire extinguisher for their centre supplied by the social development department’s Mitchell’s Plain ­office.

The fire extinguisher is a legislative requirement for ECD centres to be compliant for registration.

Representatives of 40 ECD centres were trained in groups, over three days from Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 June.

The training included how to use the extinguishers and fire safety ­awareness.

“The objective is to have all the ECD centres compliant and it can be achieved by partnerships between the City’s departments and community organisations,” says subcouncil 12 chairperson Sheval Arendse.

Arendse supported the venture by providing support for the fire extinguisher campaign.

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