ON Sunday we had yet another fire in the Baakens Valley behind our complex in Burt Drive.
Thank you to the brave firefighters who worked tirelessly to bring it under control.
Along with your brothers and sisters in Cape Town, I salute you and thank you for your selfless service. Respect!
At times we lost sight of you in the thick smoke and were sooo happy to see you emerge, only to collect another length of hose from your truck and disappear back into the smoke! Trusty Old Red stood idling at the top of the hill while you trekked back and forth with yet another length of hose.
Everyone came out to see what the noise was all about, but by the time the fire was extinguished, they had all grown bored and left.
Yet you stayed until you were sure that the fire no longer posed a threat to the complex on the hill.
The smoke was so thick that it engulfed and obscured an aeroplane, which disappeared into the billowing clouds. In one camera shot, one of you appeared to be on fire – fortunately it only appeared that way because of the angle of the shot!
You only had one hose between the three of you, but it didn’t stop you from all jumping in to help!
It worried me somewhat that you didn’t appear to have been issued with all of the necessary gear (masks, etc) to perform your duties. You must have felt awful the next day after inhaling all that acrid smoke.
The young woman depicted in this photo was the epitome of grace as she hauled that heavy hose and even managed to still look like a lady when she was done. Kudos to you, ma’am!
Once again, I cannot thank you enough!
-Jacqui Thomas, Port Elizabeth