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City firefighters win over little hearts<p>​</p><p>The City of Cape Town's Fire & Rescue Service welcomed young and old to their fire stations earlier today to celebrate International Firefighter's Day.<br></p><p> </p><p>The open day attracted hundreds of little ones and their parents and caregivers to the stations where they could learn more about the service and what they do.</p><p> </p><p>Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, joined firefighters at the Goodwood fire station where the men and women in uniform went through their paces.</p><p> </p><p>'It is heartening to see so many of our youngest residents interested in the Fire & Rescue Service. They can see first-hand what it takes to run into a dangerous situation to save lives and property,' said Alderman Smith. <br></p><p><br></p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slide="1" data-slides="3" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/IFFD.JPG" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <a href="#" title="title"> <b></b></a>Two-year-old Izrael Post of Blouberg Strand wore his own firefighter outfit. Here he celebrates in one of the trucks with Alderman Smith.</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/iffd2.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1165px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"century gothic", sans-serif;">The young ones from Eyrho Bright Beginnings in Goodwood were interested in all the machines on display.</span></p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/IFFD3.JPG" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"century gothic", sans-serif;">Five-year-old Ange Magoua from Eyrho Bright Beginnings in Goodwood was delighted to visit the fire station.</span><br></p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a href="#" title="title"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3<br></div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span><p>During the past summer season, the Service was augmented by 111 seasonal firefighters who assisted in combatting wildfires and enabling the Service to respond to 7 409 vegetation fires between November 2022 and April 2023. </p><p> </p><p>This does not include the thousands of emergency calls to which the Fire & Rescue Service responds throughout the year. Between 1 May 2022 and 28 April 2023, they responded to 22 506 calls and while most of these calls are fire-related, 3 613 were motor vehicle accidents, 1 104 incidents were assault and many others were medical emergencies.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the fleet has been bulked up and the Service now boasts 72 fire engines, 28 water tankers, 28 skid units, 17 rescue and 10 aerial vehicles.</p><p> </p><p><br></p>2023-05-03T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#f58faf55-8582-420e-ac46-eeb2f05bc6e6;L0|#0f58faf55-8582-420e-ac46-eeb2f05bc6e6|firefighter;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#cd2cd131-61eb-42aa-a4bd-73e6caa5148f;L0|#0cd2cd131-61eb-42aa-a4bd-73e6caa5148f|fire and rescue10

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