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Youngsters learn about emergency services

25 January 2017
Taking part in the outreach at the Kouga Dam were (back) Senior Fireman Vusumzi Solani, Firemen Mthobeli Fani and Thabo Sodladla, (middle) Biago Browers, 12, of Du Preez Primary,  Andrieskraal Primary’s Julie-Ann Felix,13, Shandre Prins, 13, from Cockscomb Primary, Warrant Officer Hilton Douglas and Constable Gordwin Smith from the K-9 Dog Unit, (front), Kouga Disaster Management Coordinator James Mzangwa, Warrant Officer Edward Bruinders from K-9 and Khaya Yakhe from the Sarah Baartman District Municipality Disaster Management.

Taking part in the outreach at the Kouga Dam were (back) Senior Fireman Vusumzi Solani, Firemen Mthobeli Fani and Thabo Sodladla, (middle) Biago Browers, 12, of Du Preez Primary, Andrieskraal Primary’s Julie-Ann Felix,13, Shandre Prins, 13, from Cockscomb Primary, Warrant Officer Hilton Douglas and Constable Gordwin Smith from the K-9 Dog Unit, (front), Kouga Disaster Management Coordinator James Mzangwa, Warrant Officer Edward Bruinders from K-9 and Khaya Yakhe from the Sarah Baartman District Municipality Disaster Management.

Kouga's Disaster Management Unit and Fire Department joined forces with the police K-9 Dog Unit last week for an outreach to deep rural communities of the Gamtoos Valley.

The audience at the Kouga Dam Park, where the outreach was held, consisted of more than 100 learners from Andrieskraal, Du Preez and Cockscomb Primary Schools.

Together with their Sarah Baartman District Municipality counterparts, the Disaster Management team shared information on what is classified as a disaster, how to avoid or prevent disasters and what the response should be for different types of disaster, as well as the contact numbers for local emergency services.

There was some animation when the police brought out their different dogs to demonstrate their various functions, with the children in awe of the skills displayed by the canines.

There was more action when the little ones were given the opportunity to play firefighters and took turns putting out the demo fire with extinguishers, under the guidance of Kouga’s firemen.

There were also lessons on causes of fire, prevention and response to fire situations.

Social Services Portfolio Councillor Danny Benson said the outreach was necessary mainly for two reasons.

“These demos are important because they create awareness about the services we offer while educating children and the broader community about certain dangers and how to get through those.

"It is further important that communities who live far away from the urban areas are included in such programmes and do not feel neglected,” he said.

Benson added that young children also drew inspiration in terms of career options once exposed to the various services.