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Sea Training to enhance Water Rescue Unit

In the photograph are from left Chief Fire Officer and Instructor, Neels Barnard; Divisional Commander Johan Brand, Station Commander Santa Sternsdorf, Firefighter Brad Bussack, Junior Firefighter Richard Bruinders and Firefighter and Instructor, Johan Troskie.

In preparation for bolstering the Water Rescue Unit ahead of the upcoming festive season, four dedicated officials from the George Fire Brigade underwent rigorous sea training on Tuesday 23 April. The training included crucial sea hours necessary for obtaining their skipper’s licenses. Under the expert guidance of Instructors Chief Fire Officer Neels Barnard and Fire Official Johan Troskie, the officials honed their skills at Wilderness Beach.

This intensive training will allow five (5) fire and rescue officials to obtain their skippers tickets by the end of May. This marks a significant step in strengthening our emergency response capabilities, ensuring swift and effective assistance to those in need, particularly in water-related emergencies. George Municipality remains committed to prioritizing the safety and well-being of our community, especially during peak periods of activity.

1800 CC Jetski combined with pontoons of a rubberduck which is now called a Jetrib. The Jetrib is operated by two people, a skipper and a rescue swimmer and then can carry a third person as a victim. It is an extremely versatile sea vessel.


Rubber Duck rescue boat. 5.5 meter in length for deeper sea search and rescue.


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