Executive Mayor Rudolph Smith was elated on hearing that Overstrand’s Fire, Rescue and Disaster Management Department had recently been bestowed the prestigious Rosenbaur Service Excellence Award for the second year running. “My heartiest congratulations go to the Director of Protection Services Neville Michaels, Fire Chief Lester Smith and the team for again coming up trumps at this year’s Southern African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) Conference,” enthused Mayor Smith.

Overstrand Cllr Arnie Africa – mayoral committee member and portfolio chairperson of protection services - added that it is a testimony to the Department’s high level of competency and on-going commitment towards delivering an efficient and effective service in managing fires in the area.  “It is particularly heart-warming when these efforts receive due recognition like this and are rewarded in such a significant way,” stated the councillor.

The prize giving ceremony on 29 October 2017, took place during the bi-annual SAESI Conference that was held at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg.  The competition is the biggest emergency management services (EMS) event in Africa and is only open to local and district municipalities.

Contestants are judged along strict criteria over a prescribed period.  These include the speed of response to fire emergencies and community awareness programmes like fire and life safety, to name but a few.

Together with the award, the Fire Department also received cutting-edge tools and equipment worth a staggering R80’000.  The conference was attended by Fire Chief Lester Smith and Assistant Fire Chief Angelo Aplon, who accepted the prize on behalf of the municipality from Michael von der Heyde, the Director of Rosenbaur South Africa.

Rosenbauer is the manufacturer and distributor of world-class fire equipment apparatus and trucks.

Seen with some of the equipment that forms part of the recently bestowed Rosenbauer Service Excellence Award are Overstrand’s Chief Fire Officer Lester Smith (left) and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Angelo Aplon (right), along with the Director of Rosenbauer South Africa Michael Von der Heyde (centre).


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