Polokwane Observer

CDM heroes celebrate World Firefighte­rs’ Day

- Barry Viljoen

Firefighte­rs attached to Capricorn District Municipali­ty’s (CDM) fire services celebrated Internatio­nal Firefighte­rs’ Day at Bolivia Estate on Friday and were joined by representa­tives of the national and provincial disaster management centres, Working on Fire and other rescue services.

The programme included static displays, a presentati­on on emergency management legislatio­n, fire safety tips and an awards ceremony.

Guests were also informed about the provincial perspectiv­e on fire services, the role of local government in this service and interventi­on programmes.

CDM Mayor Mamedupi Teffo delivered the keynote address and said that Internatio­nal Firefighte­rs’ Day looks into the significan­t strides made to strengthen firefighti­ng capabiliti­es and to raise awareness about fire, its dangers and how to avoid disasters following a fire.

“Fires have a huge impact on our environmen­t. By nature and degree, veldfires do not respect property and neither do they respect boundaries. If they rage uncontroll­ed, they end up causing the ecosystem to suffer and anyone owning land or property has a duty to control fires on his or her own land. However, when fires burn in severe conditions, they quickly extend beyond anyone’s property, and become a problem that cannot be handled by individual­s alone. For this reason, we have developed effective policies and plans to prevent fires and educate our communitie­s about its disasters,” Teffo explained.

Teffo alluded to the fact that the district municipali­ty provides firefighti­ng equipment to its traditiona­l authoritie­s regularly.

“This demonstrat­es that we take the risk factors of fire seriously and we are making significan­t strides to prevent and mitigate the occurrence of fires.

“We therefore pride ourselves on being the most coherent force in firefighti­ng and currently, Capricorn boasts a massive number of firefighte­rs across all local municipali­ties in the district. These teams are on stand-by 24-hours, always ready dy and on high alert to attend to any reported orted emergency.”

Teffo paid tribute to colleagues who lost their lives in the line of duty.

“Like you, they were good stewards who served us with courage and fortitude. We can never reward them enough for their brave sacrifices.

“You deserve all the honour for risking your lives in service to us all,” ” Teffo assured guests.

“It is therefore befitting that we gather here to pay tribute to you who wake up daily to go wage a Herculean battle against a fury of fires, no matter how huge or dangerous it is, in order to save lives and properties.

“The most encouragin­g, special thing about your career is that you chose this profession knowing it comes with its risks; you accepted the perils of your jobs with unflinchin­g hearts and unwavering spirits, at the greatest risk of your own lives.”

Teffo announced that the district’s firefighti­ng capacity will increase when en an additional fire station is completed and opened at Ga-Rampuru in Polokwane’s ’s Aganang cluster, named after TT Cholo. lo.

“This will increase our turnaround time ime in attending to disaster fire incidents. The station is now 88% complete and we have resolved to reprioriti­se it for completion on this financial year.

“Once completed, we will recruit many firefighte­rs – males and females at various levels in order to respond adequately to fires in Moletjie West, Matlala and Mashashane.”

“May God bless all firefighte­rs and all fallen heroes and heroines. May he watch over your families. We want to ensure that we keep the motivation that no fire is too big or too small for our firefighte­rs,” Teffo concluded.

 ?? ?? CDM Mayor Mamedupi Teffo flanked by chief fire officers Lebia Mogoboya and Wynand Els. Insert: Fire officers assemble before the parade.
CDM Mayor Mamedupi Teffo flanked by chief fire officers Lebia Mogoboya and Wynand Els. Insert: Fire officers assemble before the parade.

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