CWDM Fire Services welcome new firefighters
On 18 and 24 November, the Cape Winelands District Municipality’s (CWDM’s) Fire and Rescue Training Academy in Stellenbosch hosted the official passing-out parade for the Spring 2022 graduates.
The CWDM’s Fire Services are proud members of the fire services fraternity and are committed to improving the standard of their training and service. The service has a long and positive legacy that is passed on from generation to generation and promotes firefighting as a noble occupation undertaken by humble, disciplined individuals.
“I commend all graduates of the Spring Class of 2022 for their commitment and discipline over the last four months. The local and international community knows about our world-class firefighting services, and I am proud that this programme can create work opportunities for young men and women. I further acknowledge the changing circumstances in our weather, climate patterns, the prevalence of gale-force winds and the combination of these variables on the job of a firefighter. The CWDM is proud to be associated with the training of young persons and creating opportunities for them. The training will empower these graduates to eventually render a very specialised service to protect lives, property and our ecological infrastructure,” said Executive Mayor, Ald (Dr) Elna von Schlicht.
This year, the training covered Firefighter I and II, Hazmat Awareness and Hazmat Operations. Overall, 42 firefighters graduated this year. Under the guidance of the head of the Training Academy, Heinrich Louw (Regional Commander: Training). In his final address to the graduates, he recited the poem, ‘Do it Anyway’ from Mother Teresa and left them with a final note of encouragement, “No matter what, do good and give your best anyway.”
To no surprise, the audience had goosebumps watching the marching parades that demonstrated the discipline, commitment, selflessness, courage and teamwork of these new firefighters. It was however the proud smiles and happy tears of family members that made the day extra special.
Due to the big group the class was divided into a Breede Valley group of 23 and Stellenbosch group of 19.
A few students received special awards for their achievements during the course.
From the Stellenbosch group:
- Francois le Roux – Student of the Course and Best Practical Firefighter I and II Student
- Leighton Cuttings – Best Theoretical Student for Firefighter I
- Njabula Dumisa – Best Theoretical Student for Firefighter II and Best Theoretical Student for Hazmat Awareness
- Dylan Jefthas – Best Theoretical Student for Hazmat Operations and Most Improved Student
- Piranèt Louw – Best Practical Student for Hazmat Awareness and Operations
- Wesley Dreyer – Most Disciplined Student
From the Breede Valley group:
- Breyten Sass – The Most Improved Student
- Deniëlle Nortje – Student of the Course Best Theoretical Student and Best Theoretical Student
- for Hazmat Awareness
- Johaine Baadjies – Most Disciplined Student
- Edwado Carstens – The Best Practical Student for Fire Fighter 1
- Werner De Vlam – The Best Practical Student for Fire Fighter 2
- Jerome Paulse – The Best Practical Student for Hazmat Awareness
- William Northcote – The Best Practical Student for Hazmat Operations and Best Theoretical Student for Hazmat Operations
- Bradley Kapel – Best Theoretical Student for Fire Fighter 1
- Karabelo Moromane – Best Theoretical Student for Fire Fighter 2
The annual fire season runs from 01 November to 30 April and the CWDM Fire Services are proud to confirm that they are prepared and equipped with the best of the best to help save lives and property from the devasting effects of wildfires.
Ons nuwe brandbestryders
Die KWDM se Opleidingsakademie vir Brandweer en Redding in Stellenbosch het op 18 en 24 November die amptelike uitpasseringsparade vir die Lente 2022-gegraudeerdes aangebied. Die diens het ’n lang en positiewe nalatenskap wat van geslag tot geslag oorgedra word, en bevorder brandbestryding as ’n edel beroep wat deur nederige, gedissiplineerde individue onderneem word. Die 42 gegradueerde brandbestryders het tydens hulle parade dissipline, toewyding en spanwerk gedemonstreer en seker gemaak dat daar oorgenoeg hoendervleis, trotse glimlagte en gelukkige trane by dié spesiale geleentheid was.
Abacimi mililo bethu abatsha
ngolwesiNe wama-24 kuNovemba, iZiko leMfundo laseCWDM soQeqesho kuCimo Mlilo noKhuseleko eStellenbosch sisindleke iphareyidi yokuphumelela kwabafundi kule miba, ngokusemthethweni ngeNtwasahlobo yonyaka wama- 2022. Le nkonzo ililifa elide nelakhayo, elidluliselwa kwisizukulwana ngesizukulwana yaye ikhuthaza ukucinywa komlilo njengomsebenzi obekekileyo nowenziwa ngabantu abanobulali, nabaqeqeshekileyo. Aba bacimi mlilo baphumeleleyo nabali-19 babonakalise ingqeqesho, ukuzimisela nokusebenza kunye ngethuba bebesenza umboniso wezakhono zabo, beqinisekisa ukuba banothakazelelo, benoncumo lokuzingca neenyembezi zolonwabo, ngalo mhla uwodwa.