Firefighters made SA proud - Working on Fire

2015-08-21 13:30
Some of the Working on Fire members who have returned to South Africa. (Adam Wakefield, News24)

Some of the Working on Fire members who have returned to South Africa. (Adam Wakefield, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Forty-eight firefighters from South Africa made the country proud while fighting wild fires in Canada over the last month, Working on Fire's managing director said on Friday.

"The assessments that we have got back is that they have excelled in every single item," Llewellyn Pillay said at OR Tambo International Airport shortly before half of the group arrived home.

He had only heard positive things from those assessing the team in Canada.

Pillay said that while South African firefighting standards compared favourably with the best in the world, "what sets us apart... is that our morale and our attitude and our dedication and hard work comes through in everything that we do.

"It is indicative that as South Africans, [when] we put our hearts and minds toward something, anything is achievable and we can compete with the rest of the world."

The South Africans were joined in Canada by Americans, Mexicans, New Zealanders, and Australians. All had expertise in integrated fire management.

"Our standards were effectively qualified against the Canadians, Americans, New Zealand and Australia, and a request was made by Canada to actually come in and assist," Pillay said.

"However when we got there, they realised our standards, qualifications, training, fitness, morale is more than what the global standard is.

"That's not bad for young men and women coming from marginalised communities with the right attitude showing the rest of the world what we are capable of."

Working on Fire is a private company funded by government through the expanded public works programme. It was founded in 2003 as a poverty relief and employment creation initiative.

It currently has more than 5 000 firefighters across 200 bases in the country and trains young South Africans from impoverished communities.  

Read more on:    working on fire

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.