Overstrand firefighters show their mettle

Overstrand firefighters show their mettle

International Fire-fighters’ Day (IFFD) is annually observed on the 4th of May. It is a day to celebrate the risks and the work that firefighters do day to day. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions.

This year, the City of Cape Town hosted the event at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday, 4 May. The day was filled with various displays of vehicles and tools as well as demonstrations of firefighting and rescuing techniques. Visitors were able to interact with emergency services staff, and even have a crack at some of the fitness challenge tasks.

One of the highlights is the fire fighter fitness competition. It involved a gruelling series of exercises which tested skill, strength and discipline while following proper procedure and safety regulations.  

Overstrand’s Siwaphiwe Nxusani and Jason Griffiths, walked away with the first and third place in the individual fitness challenge for Men between 20 – 30 years.

Rookie Firefighter Nxusani participated for the first time this year, and was also crowned as the overall winner of the competition. He started as a Chrysalis intern and is currently part of the municipality’s contract firefighters under the mentorship of firefighter Suzaan Stanley-Louw.

Overstrand Executive Mayor, Dr Annelie Rabie, congratulated Nxusani for winning the individual fitness challenge. “It is a remarkable achievement and a very good example to all the Chrysalis interns that hard work and dedication will bring good results”.

She added: “The whole Overstrand is celebrating with the Protection Services Directorate to mark your victory, and I am proud of you all”.Mayor Rabie said while activities on International Firefighters’ Day focuses on the camaraderie among the men and women who serve to protect, it also allows the public the opportunity to show respect for firefighters across the world and recognise the selfless sacrifices firefighters have to make in the line of duty.

She praised the Overstrand firefighters and core emergency services for their willingness to assist to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible.

FIRE FIGHTERS HOLD OVERSTRAND’S NAME HIGH Overstrand Firefighter Siwaphile Nxusani (right) was crowned as Best overall Man in the Firefighter Challenge 2024 in Cape Town over the weekend - all in a winning time of 4 minutes and 3 seconds. Jason Griffiths (left) came third in the Men 20 - 30 years category.
FIRE FIGHTERS HOLD OVERSTRAND’S NAME HIGH Esric van der Westhuizen and Patricia Snyders supported the Overstrand Firefighters who participated in the Fitness Challenge over the weekend in Cape Town. Pictured with them are Siwaphiwe Nxusani (the overall winner of the competition) and Sakhamzi Sikhafungana. In front is Fezile Klaas, Jason Griffiths, Anga Ngongose and team leader Tyrol Mckenzie. The competition is a great test of skill and fitness and simulates the physical demands of real life firefighting to the public.
Overstrand firefighters Anga Ngongose, Fezile Klaas, Jason Griffiths, Patricia Snyders, Siwaphiwe Nxusani, Siyabonga Khohlakala, Tyrol Mckenzie , Esric van der Westhuizen and Sakhamzi Sikhafungana represented the Overstrand Municipality at the International Firefighter’s Day in Cape Town over the weekend. The competition is a great test of skill and fitness and simulates the physical demands of real life firefighting to the public.
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