CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service on Wednesday said it has started with the assessments to finding 120 seasonal firefighters to help boost efforts to fight wildfires during the warmer months.
Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said the physical assessments are being held this week.
In the first two days, 525 applicants participated in the assessment. About 241 successfully completed the assessment and would next participate in a written assessment to test mathematics and comprehension, which would then be followed by an interview before the final appointments are made.
The seasonal firefighter programme is an annual intervention designed to boost the number of firefighters ahead of spring and summer.
“Fighting fires is demanding and the City needs to ensure that those who will be responding to the many emergency calls are competent and mentally and physically fit to be on the fire line. Although the primary objective is to protect lives and property, the City’s Fire Service also has a responsibility to ensure that seasonal firefighters have a high level of fitness and are up to the demands of the working environment,” Smith said.