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NMBM boosts fire and emergency services with recruitment of more than 30 officers

Published: April 05, 2024


The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has welcomed 33 new fire fighters to boost fire and emergency service teams in an effort to respond rapidly to the increasing fire incidents across the Metro.

The excited and fit new recruits commenced with induction this week in preparation for the enormous task ahead. This comes as the Nelson Mandela Bay region has

been experiencing regular fire incidents recently.

NMBM Safety and Security Mayoral Committee Member, Cllr Stag Mitchell said the recruitment was the biggest one yet in NMBM.

"It is for the first time that we have recruited such a big number of fire fighters in our Metro at once. Before this recruitment we had a staff complement of about 211 officials and this additional 33 will assist in increasing our manpower. We will admit

that we need more fire fighters but we believe this is a good start to service our people better,” MMC Mitchell said.

He added that the recruitment happened at the right time for the upcoming winter

season as more fire incidents are expected especially in informal settlements.

"We continue to educate our residents about the prevention of these fires, but in the event that fires breakout, our teams will be ready to serve with pride. The addition will help alleviate the pressure the department is currently under due to shortage of manpower. With the assistance of the existing staff, our new officials will be guided. We expect them to be on the ground later this month to save lives, prevent the destruction of property by fire and serve the Metro with bravery, courage and honour,” the MMC said. 

For 30-year-old Blaine Slater, the recruitment is a fulfilment of his childhood dream of one day becoming a fire fighter.

Slater said he was honoured to be part of the new fire fighters with an important job to protect and save lives in NMB.

Pumeza Sundu, 37, said as a woman she was looking forward to work in what used to be a male dominated industry.

"Things are changing a bit. I want to help my community in KwaZakhele to prevent fires from happening. I will take the knowledge I learn at work back to my community to play my part as fires breakout especially during loadshedding.”


Issued by NMBM Communications Office.

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