What a spectacular event! Friday, the 12th of May, marked the date for Mondi’s annual Fire Day and it was indeed one not to be missed.
“An outgrowth of strong character, moral courage enables us to build trust with our teams and gain respect from peers.”
The aim of the event is to inspect, demonstrate and illustrate the different aspects of
being a firefighter within the forestry department.
Thuthuka Forestry is in charge of the teams handling the firefighting trucks for Mondi. During the event four teams, Tower Forest, Derby, Vrede and Mooihoek, all competed to be crowned the best team at the end of the day.
The event kicked off with Mr Cobus Hitge, Safety Practitioner for Mondi, addressing the audience and explaining to them what the day was all about and how the program would proceed. The four judges were introduced, who were going to conduct a thorough inspection of all equipment and safety gear of the teams as well as the trucks. After the inspection, the teams headed into the plantation where they had the opportunity to demonstrate their firefighting abilities by means of extinguishing a fire.
An emergency situation was staged where the teams had to perform first aid on the victim, all this while under immense pressure. They were truly put to the test to find the best performing team of the day.
During the inspection, learners from a few different schools attended the day to learn more about firefighting. They were in awe of all the equipment and even had the opportunity to witness a firefighting airplane fly over them. It was an educating, yet fun-filled day for all of them. Before heading to the plantation for the demonstration part of the inspection, everyone enjoyed a delicious boerewors roll with a cool drink.
At the prize-giving ceremony, anticipation ran high, but Tower Forest Work Plan Unit (WPU) walked away as the winners of the day with a 100% rating. Derby WPU and Vrede WPU ended in second place with both teams scoring 92% and Mooihoek (WPU) ended in third place with 75%. Congratulations to these teams for their excellent performances!
Individual prizes were also handed out to the following people:
Best Fire Tender Driver (from Derby WPU) – Mfanzile Nkosi
Best First Aider (from Tower Forest WPU) – Mbali Twala
Best Supervisor (from Tower Forest WPU) – Sifiso Ntshakala
Best SHE (Safety, Health and Environment) Representative (from Tower
WPU) – Sipho Ngwenya
Best Nozzleman (from Tower Forest WPU) – Nkosinathi Mndebele
As the overall winners of the day, Tower Forest’s team members each
received a medal and they won a sheep, which will be divided amongst the
team members. The individual prizewinners each received a R250-00 Spar
Thank you to everyone who was involved in making the event a huge
success. Thank you to Thuthuka Forestry’s personnel for their hard work
and dedication and to each team member who is truly making a difference.
A huge thank you to the organisers and judges for their willingness, skilled
judgment and positive attitudes, which added to the success of the event.
“Training is not about being better than someone else, it is about being
better than you used to be.”