A Day to Honour the Courageous: Fire and Rescue Services Commemorative Day

by | May 13, 2024 | Media Release

One of the essential services provided by the Saldanha Bay Municipality is its efficient and well-equipped Fire and Rescue Services. On Saturday, May 11, 2024, a special commemorative event was held by the municipality to honour its dedicated firefighters and the extended family of first responders.

The event was attended by representatives from various fire and rescue service units in the industry, including Sea Harvest and the SAS Saldanha Naval training base, as well as local emergency services representatives. Family members of the firefighters and other rescue services personnel were also present to show their support.  The event also provided an opportunity for high school learners from different schools in the area to witness rescue simulations and participate in the formalities. It was a chance for the community to come together and recognize the hard work and dedication of those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe.

During his address, Municipal Manager Heinrich Mettler expressed his deep gratitude and admiration for the firefighters, emergency services, public protection services, and dedicated volunteers from the community. Their brave and selfless commitment to their duties does not go unnoticed.

Mettler also shared his hope that the day’s events, which included various rescue demonstrations, would inspire students to consider a career in firefighting and emergency services.

Following the formalities, guests were treated to exciting live demonstrations. These included a motor vehicle accident rescue, a simulation of firefighting in an informal settlement, and the Sea Harvest group showcasing the intense challenges faced by firefighters. It was a thrilling and eye-opening experience for all in attendance.

International Firefighters’ Day is commemorated annually on May 4th. This day serves as a time for society to honour the brave firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities, as well as those who continue to dedicate their lives to ensuring the safety of others worldwide. It is an opportunity for us to express our gratitude and support for the invaluable work that firefighters do throughout the year.

The Saldanha Bay Municipality boasts a state-of-the-art Fire and Rescue Services facility located next to the Saldanha Bay Airport, which was inaugurated on August 3, 2023. This world-class facility is home to 15 operational firefighters, four reservists, management and administrative staff, and a fleet of 11 specialized vehicles, including two fire engine major pumpers. The facility also houses a well-equipped control room to efficiently coordinate emergency responses.

In the event of a fire emergency, the Saldanha Bay Municipality Fire and Rescue Services can be reached at (022) 713 1815 or through the 24-hour control room at (022) 701 6834. Your safety is our top priority, and we are committed to serving and protecting the community with professionalism and dedication.