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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.

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