EMS young cadets com­plete two-week ba­sic Fire-Fight­ing and First Aid course

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter [email protected]­ner-city-gazette.co.za

The City is cre­at­ing a na­tion of youth safety am­bas­sadors. It’s a key strat­egy in cre­at­ing safer spa­ces in our schools and com­mu­nity at large.

Ad­dress­ing 500 learn­ers at the Or­lando Com­mu­nal Hall on Tues­day, Jo­han­nes­burg Emer­gency Man­age­ment Ser­vices (EMS) Act­ing Chief Mh­lengi Makhubalo, said: “In­tro­duc­ing Life Safety Ed­u­ca­tion to our com­mu­ni­ties play a crit­i­cal role in as­sist­ing the re­duc­tion of emer­gency in­ci­dents. Be­cause when emer­gen­cies strike, the per­son­nel on scene are the first line of pro­tec­tion and de­fence.”

Speak­ing in be­tween grav­ity-de­fy­ing dance moves and chore­ographed drills by the South African Fire Youth Academy, Chief Makhubalo told the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony of 500 learn­ers from all the Ci­ties re­gions who ear­lier this year took part in an in­ten­sive two-week ba­sic fire-fight­ing and First Aid course.

Through School Emer­gency Re­sponse Teams (SERT) pro­gramme, Joburg EMS has been reach­ing out to schools and of­fer­ing train­ing for schools to be able to re­act in an emer­gency. “The City is build­ing a re­silient com­mu­nity, hence School Emer­gency Re­sponse Teams were in­tro­duced at schools be­cause learn­ers can cas­cade in­for­ma­tion eas­ily to all fam­i­lies.

“Life safety ed­u­ca­tion as­sists to re­duce fire in­ci­dents and med­i­cal emer­gen­cies. Fur­ther­more the pro- gram is rolled out to the com­mu­ni­ties as Com­mu­nity Re­sponse Teams,” said Chief Makhubalo.

Plans are afoot to roll out the train­ing to teach­ers so that they can com­mand and con­trol in­ci­dents at school.

“The teach­ers will be able to man­age the in­ci­dent un­til pro­fes­sion­als ar­rive on the scene,” said Chief Makhubalo.

Pro­gramme di­rec­tor and EMS Divi­sional Head Synock Ma­to­bako called on the grad­u­ates to be­come the first line of de­fence for EMS of­fi­cials.

“Our EMS of­fi­cers have been com­ing un­der at­tack when they re­spond to emer­gen­cies. Com­mu­ni­ties are de­nied fast re­sponse times be­cause am­bu­lances are be­ing hi­jacked and EMS and JMPD of­fi­cials at­tacked or even killed. SERT Team mem­bers must help res­i­dents re­port these crimes to au­thor­i­ties,” said Ma­to­bako.

Gaut­eng Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment’s Solly Mabunda re­marked that teach­ers could see sig­nif­i­cant changed be­hav­iour from learn­ers who were part of the SERT pro­gramme. “Those on the pro­gramme are more dis­ci­plined and have a sense of pur­pose in life.”

South African Fire Youth Academy grad­u­ate, 20-year-old Kele­bogile Mokhabudi said the train­ing has changed her way of think­ing.

“The pro­gramme has made me a bet­ter per­son and en­sured I don’t live a reck­less life as a re­sult of peer pres­sure,” Mokhabudi said.

The School Emer­genc y Re­sponse Teams (“SERT”) is a pro­gramme es­pe­cially de­vel­oped for schools to be able to re­act in an emer­genc y

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