SAESI commemorates the 18th International Firefighters’ Day
To commemorate and honour the International Fire Fighters Day objectives along with the world fire fighter community, remembering the sacrifices that fire fighters make to ensure that their communities are as safe as possible. We would therefore like to take this day to thank current and past fire fighters for their selfless contributions.
On Thursday 4 May 2017 SAESI will have a “Sound Off” at Noon, for 30 Seconds and a minute of silence in memory and respect for all fire fighters whom have lost their lives in the line of duty or passed on before us.
SAESI acknowledge that most Fire Stations will commemorate the IFFDay in some form or another by a parade, march etc. however where Fire Stations are unable to commemorate with fanfare, SAESI invites all stations, Municipalities, Private, Industrial, Airport, NDF etc. to at least have a “Sound Off” at noon with a Guard of Honour and a minute of silence in memory.
Fire fighting has grown, developing through the years, guided by SAESI into a professional discipline many are proud to call their own. The united voice of SAESI is proud to have, through the years, successfully guided and developed the industry into the giant it has become today.
With the inception of the Southern African Fire Services Institute (SAFSI) in 1959, many things changed and advanced and, for the first time in South African history of firefighting, the South African firefighter was able to qualify for a diploma in fire engineering by passing the examination of the Institute of Fire Engineers.
Probably the greatest achievement of SAESI to date is the fact that after the founding of the Institute, firemen were viewed as professionals and not seen to be “brawny and not-so-brainy” men involved in skilled labour. A fully qualified technician was seen to be a skilled technician with the knowledge of using modern equipment, applying techniques to undertake the full range of firefighting, road accidents and work on all kinds of emergencies.
Today’s firefighter is expected to carry out duties such as equipment maintenance, ambulance work and civil defense. They must also adhere to the National Building Act of 1977 and prepare a fire safety plan designated building frequented by the public.
|2009 – 2013||MP Mosia||Ekurhuleni|
|2006 – 2009||DN Naidoo||Rural Metro|
|2005 – 2006||JS Ismail||East London|
|2003 – 2005||MW Pretorius||Kimberly|
|2001 – 2003||JL Alberts||Pretoria|
|1999 – 2001||HJ Fouche||Paarl|
|1997 – 1999||J Jakobsen||Private|
|1995 – 1997||AF Cloete||Johannesburg||Deceased|
|1992 – 1995||NJ Swanepoel||Boksburg||Deceased|
|1990 – 1992||CLG Nicholis||Port Elizabeth||Deceased|
|1988 – 1990||RG Cloete||Roodepoort|
|1986 – 1988||WP du Plessis||Pretoria||Deceased|
|1984 – 1986||HJ Wentzel||Windhoek||Deceased|
|1982 – 1984||G Davey||Alberton||Deceased|
|1980 – 1982||WE Kenny||East London||Deceased|
|1978 – 1980||N Prinsloo||Worcester||Deceased|
|1976 – 1978||JA Smit||Germiston||Deceased|
|1974 – 1976||ESC Barber||Nigel||Deceased|
|1972 – 1974||PF Davey||Pretoria||Deceased|
|1970 – 1972||FA Veldhuizen||Cape Town||Deceased|
|1968 – 1970||LJ Terre-Blanche||Brakpan||Deceased|
|1965 – 1968||WY Marais||Goodwood||Deceased|
|1964 – 1965||WS Britton||Pietermartizburg||Deceased|
|1963 – 1964||AS Botes||Roodepoort||Deceased|
|1962 – 1963||EA Mason||East London||Deceased|
|1961 – 1962||CH Haasbroek||Parow||Deceased|
|1960 – 1961||JA Bryant||Kimberly||Deceased|
|1959 – 1960||NJL Swanepoel||Krugersdorp||Deceased|
|Council:||Board of Directors|
|Prescribed Officers of Working Groups|
|Immediate past president|
|Board of Directors:||Independent Chairperson|
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