Fi­re­fig­h­ters re­cog­ni­sed for their quick acti­on

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Nuus | News - Ju­lie Jef­fe­rys

Whi­le in Knys­na to hand o­ver a new fi­re­fig­hting vehi­cle to the Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, Mar­cé Fi­re Fig­hting Techno­lo­gy a­war­ded chal­len­ge coins to the first re­spon­ders to the Ju­ne fi­res.

Mar­cé vehi­cles spe­ci­a­list Fran­cois S­teyn pre­sen­ted the coins to fi­re­fig­h­ters Sid­ney de Donc­ker, C­har­le­ne Tay­lor and Gi­no Prins.

Chal­len­ge coins, which o­ri­gi­na­ted in the mi­li­ta­ry, ha­ve be­co­me part of the fi­re­fig­hting tra­di­ti­on. Wi­ki­pe­dia sta­tes that “tra­di­ti­o­nal­ly they are gi­ven to mem­bers of an or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on to pro­ve mem­bers­hip if chal­len­ged and are of­ten pre­sen­ted in re­cog­ni­ti­on of spe­ci­al a­chie­vement”. The coin re­pre­sents w­hat a fi­re­fig­h­ter is all a­bout and can help dri­ve the point a­cross to ot­hers.

The coin, which be­ars Mar­cé’s lo­go and the y­e­ar that it was es­ta­blis­hed (1997) on the one si­de, has the fi­re­man’s pray­er on the ot­her, to­get­her with a cre­do of the Brot­her­hood of Fi­re­fig­h­ters, na­me­ly, that “no one will be left be­hind”.

The P­re­to­ria com­pa­ny is ce­le­bra­ting its 20th y­e­ar in ex­is­ten­ce t­his y­e­ar.

P­ho­to: Ju­lie Jef­fe­rys

From left: Fran­cois S­teyn from Mar­cé Fi­re Fig­hting Techno­lo­gy in P­re­to­ria pre­sents coins to fi­re­fig­h­ters Gi­no Prins, C­har­le­ne Tay­lor and Sid­ney de Donc­ker.

Chal­len­ge coin em­blem

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