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George Municipality remembers deceased firefighters

May 8, 2018
George Municipality remembers deceased firefighters

George Municipality held its annual International firefighters Day (IFFD)  event from the 4th to 5th of May in commemoration of all the Fire-Fighters who have lost their lives. 

Between the year of 2017/2018, eight firefighters died and six of them were in the line of duty.

In addition to a motorcade through the streets of George, a meeting by the Western Cape’s Chief Fire Officers’ committee and a gala evening, a poignant “ringing of the bell” ceremony honoured those who have died.

One of the highlights of the two-day event was the 2018 Fire-fighter Team Challenge during which participating teams had to complete a cycle of seven different stages in a race against the clock, all while wearing full fire-fighting gear. Each stage imitates a rigorous activity performed in the event of a real-life fire and tests both physical stamina and mental toughness.

This challenge celebrates the work of firefighters and is a gruelling display of skill, strength, discipline and teamwork while following proper procedure and safety regulations.  

A total of 11 teams comprised of firefighters from various fire departments in the Western Cape partook in proceedings. One of the teams was an all-female team from Overberg District Municipality.

Overstrand firefighters Shaun MacKay, Cecil Brussel, Cecil Abrahamse and Brendan Hunter victoriously walked off with third place in the team challenge.

They were joined by Fire Chief Lester Smith and Assistant Fire Chief: Operations and Training Angelo Aplon as well as Ebriam Isaacs, Jaco Stemmet, Suzaan Stanley, Robin Valley, Jean Havenga and Siyabonga Khohlakala.

 

Angelo Aplon, Assistant Fire Chief: Operations and Training (pictured centre) is flanked by Overstrand firefighters Shaun MacKay (left), Cecil Brussel, Cecil Abrahamse and Brendan Hunter who won the third place in the International Fire-fighter Team Challenge.