Unemployment has been at an all time high and Working on Fire (WOF) has been providing unemployed youth with work opportunities to provide for their basic needs.
According to Wayne Mokheti, Communications Officer for WOF in the Free State, an extensive recruitment drive was held all across the Free State with the intention of topping up teams of firefighters in preparation for the Winter Fire Season that will commence soon. This will benefit isolated communities to get experienced help in case of an emergency.
He added that a number of 48 males and females were selected to attend professional veld and forest firefighting training in Nelspruit at the Kishugu Training Academy. These trainees are all from different parts of the Free State. “After completion of this training, they will return to their towns and cities to serve their communities,” he said.
Mokheti said that the basic training and this opportunity will enable these individuals to provide and care for their families and Working on Fire will have the necessary team strengths to be effective and efficient in conducting Integrated fire management.