Thinking of Becoming a Fire-Fighter?

Do you have a passion to want to save lives? Is being a fireman a dream of yours?There are a few things you need to know about becoming a fire fighter.

Becoming a fire fighter is cool but a dangerous progression and career.

If you truly feel you are that someone to rush into a burning building or attempt to save someone from a fuel leaking car that can explode at anytime then you might just be the right candidate.FIREFIGHTER

A Fire fighters job is to protect lives and property from fire outbreaks. Fire fighters are also responsible for the assistance in the event of disasters such as earthquakes, train derailments, vehicle accidents, floods ect.

Fire fighters Training is hard and physical to make sure you are capable of handling any life threatening situation.

In order to become a fire-fighter you must have your Grade 12 educational qualification (Mathematics and Physics is advantageous).

  • Also you must be at least 18 years old and above.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license advantageous
  • Must be physically and medically fit (candidates must be prepared to undergo physical evaluation and medical assessment)
  • Must not be claustrophobic (A fear of being in narrow or enclosed spaces) or acrophobic (abnormal fear of high places)
  • Must have a high level of discipline and have the ability to work in a team and cope with traumatic and stressful situations.
  • Must have effective oral and written communication skills
  • Entry requirements as a Learner Firefighter into the City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service are indicated.

Applicants must:

  • Have matric (preferably with Maths and Science)and be 18 years or older,
  • Do a 1,9 meter reach test,
  • Complete a 2,4km run in under 11 minutes (males) / 12 minutes (females),
  • Complete 15 bench pres repitions of 25kg,
  • Complete 30 sit-up in 60 seconds,
  • Carry another person of equal body weight a distance of 100 metres,
  • Complete a vertigo test (ladder climb five floors),
  • Claustrophobia test,
  • Pass a written test in basic mathematics and comprehension,
  • Successfully undergo a competency based interview and
  • Successfully pass a medical examination.

NB:The City of Cape Town invites applications for learnerships where positions become available, usually once a year.

The assessment described above is carried out on an elimination basis, which means that should an applicant not meet the required standard in a competency assessment; the applicant will not be permitted to proceed to the next competency assessment.

On successful completion of the assessment an applicant is appointed as a Learner Fighter and enters the Training Program. Candidates are appointed on a contract until training is completed.

Thereafter a candidate will complete the 16 week Fire-Fighter 1 course module which consists of a practical and a theoretical component.

Training is a combination of ‘real life’ scenarios simulated in a controlled environment as well as classroom orientated sessions.

Throughout the four month course, values such as teamwork, discipline and perseverance are instilled, ensuring all recruits have a solid basis to start a rewarding career in the CTFRS.

The CTFRS’ Fire Training Academy, which is located in Epping, is accredited with the LG Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI).

Supplementary courses (offered by external service providers) include Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA), Ambulance Emergency Assistant (AEA), Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Advanced Driving. Additional courses are added to the prospectus as they are developed.

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How do I become a train driver?

Train drivers play an important role in the transport sector as they are responsible for moving people and goods safely from point A to point B. Have you ever dreamed of driving a train? Find out what it takes to qualify.

There are two types of trains that require skilled and experienced drivers. Freight trains deliver goods while commuter trains transport passengers.

Train drivers, especially those who steer commuter trains have a major responsibility to their communities, as the lives of commuters are placed in their hands on a daily basis.

For this reason drivers must be physically fit and healthy and able to make quick, responsible decision.METRORAIL

Both sets of drivers must be willing to work long and unusual hours on local or national routes.

To become a qualified driver students must possess a National Diploma for Train Drivers (NQF Level 5) or similar qualification.

The minimum entry requirements for a train driver course may differ depending on your chosen training programme.

However, a matric certificate with Mathematics, English and/or Science is the standard requirement.

Training programmes can be completed at Transnet’s Freight Rail School.

The school has campuses situated in Kempton Park, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Wentworth, Bellville, Pretoria, Germiston and Port Elizabeth.

These centres all offer Railway Operations Training, Railway Signalling, Permanent Way Construction and Maintenance, Permanent Way Welding, Railway Maintenance and Railway Engineering & Safety Training, as well as many other rail-related training interventions.

This is done in partnership and collaboration with local and international universities and service providers.

Operations Training specialises in the training of Train Drivers and Train Control Officers. Courses are based on theoretical and some practical training in compliance with unit standards registered with South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

Some learning materials from Railway Operations are fully accredited – learners may be able to attain National Qualifications after undertaking a course of training disciplines in the Functional Yard Operations or Train Control Officer’s fields.

Training opportunities are advertised sporadically in the local and national newspapers.

Interested parties should submit an application letter accompanied by a CV, certified ID copy and Matric certificate addressed to the respective HR manager as advertised.

Once the qualification has been obtained qualified drivers can find employment opportunities at Metrorail, Rovos Rail, Gautrain or Shosholoza Meyl.

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How do I get an airline job?

Have you always dreamed of working at an airline? Whether you want to be in the air or stay on the ground here are some tips to help you pursue a career in this field.

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The airline industry is huge, which increases employment opportunities for people who are passionate about travel. Possible career options for airline employees include cabin crew , air hostess, reservations, airport ground staff , call centre agents, pilots and flight deck crew.

This line of work will allow you to meet and interact with people from around the world while giving you insight into your own personal travels.

The perks of working at an airline can also make the experience worthwhile.

Things like discounted or free flights will open doors for you and your family to travel.

However, it is important to note that airline work can also be routine and airport staff are often expected to operate outside normal working hours.

If you are convinced that this is the industry for you why not apply at one of the following institutions to receive training:

The requirements for training programmes may vary but most institutions select students who are 18 years or older, fluent in English, medically and physically fit, matriculated and able to swim.

To enter the airline industry you will need either a cabin crew licence, diploma in travel & tourism or commercial pilot’s licence depending on your chosen career path.

Some of the general skills and requirements of airline staff include, no criminal record, clear credit record, customer career and communication skills, well groomed, the ability to speak an additional language and a willingness to work shits.

A South African Identity document is a must have a for local employees.

In addition memebers of the flight deck crew must have a minimum of 15000 hours flying time, twin turbine experience and must have completed ATP subjects.

Once you have obtained the relevant qualification and experience you can apply at the following airlines; British Airways, Fastjet, Kulula, Mango, FlySafair, South African Airways.

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Posted by / April 23, 2017 / Posted in TIPS