The City of Cape Town has a new batch of firefighters who have graduated just in time for the annual fire season. Being a firefighter is a daunting task where you have to be at the top of your game all the time.
It has been eight months of rigorous training for the young recruits with learning everything from hazardous materials awareness to first aid training and how to deal with different types of fires.
Graduate Ethan Vlotman said it was his childhood dream to make a difference in his community.
Vlotman acknowleged that his chosen occupation was risky but he was confident that they received adequate training and he was ready for whatever was ahead of him.
With the annual fire season looming, the new firefighters have graduated in the nick of time.
Mayco Member for Safety, Security and Social Services JP Smith said in 2018, anyone who is familiar with Cape Town would know that the hot, windy conditions that characterise summer make firefighting a difficult task indeed. That is why the City of Cape Town needs as many firefighters on the line as possible.
Jermaine Carelse, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson commented that the fire season is starting in December up until May.
Carelse said the 51 fire recruits passed out and have been deployed to the different fire stations throughout the area.