THE FIRE BRIGADE
Firefighters are trained to put out fires that start in places such as houses, factories and office buildings, and on boats and in the veld. They also provide backup
in other emergency situations, for example chemical incidents that can occur when petrol or oil is spilt on the road.
They also help when there’s been a car, train or aircraft accident and they rescue people during natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods and storms. Firefighters put their lives
on the line to help to make the world a safer place.
In SA there are various fire departments and every major town or city suburb has its own fire
station. They are operated day and night by staff ready to respond to fires or emergencies.
Firefighters receive formal training at training centres around the country. Here they receive the knowledge and skills they need to put out fires and deal with other emergencies. Their training takes two years.