A joint rescue operation training exercise was conducted at Fernkloof Nature Reserve on Tuesday, 5 December to hone the search skills and to bolster the rescue capability of the various rescue teams involved.

According to Angelo Aplon, Assistant Fire Chief: Operations and Training, the exercise was a ‘mock’ search and rescue operation that was based on a past scenario and one that could likely happen again.

"These exercises help ensure that staff and volunteers throughout the Overberg region, working in the emergency and rescue services field, are familiar with their roles and responsibilities in the event of a search and rescue emergency," he added.

Overstrand Firefighters, Environmental Officers, Traffic and Law Enforcement Officers - including members of the Task Team, as well as Western Cape Emergency Medical Services and Hermanus NSRI Station 17  took part in the rescue operation.

Calling for help in an emergency

Any emergency and/or distress call regarding drowning or accidents can be reported to the Municipality’s 24-hour Emergency only number on 028 312 2400.

For day to day law enforcement complaints, phone 028 313 8996.

For general enquiries contact Overstrand’s control room on 028 313 8000/8111.

NSRI: 082 990 5967

EMR PRIVATE AMBULANCE 076 585 0899

AMBULANCE PROVINCIAL 028 312 3219

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