DOING the same job for 14 years can get a bit boring, but for Feziwe Mpini, work is never dull.
Mpini has been a firefighter at the Motherwell Fire Station since 1998 and is the only black female shift commander in Nelson Mandela Bay, a position she was appointed to in 2006.
“I wanted to be a social worker but I have realised my job deals with people in more ways that one.
“I can honestly say I really love my job,” said the widow and mother of four.
Mpini said a driver’s licence was a good starting point and she found her matric maths helped her with the extensive training she underwent at the municipality’s Fire Training Station in Markman township.
“This includes training as a firefighter, hazmat (handling hazardous chemicals) training, ambulance and first aid training. There is also specialist training that we do in certain fields.”
In addition to being able to put out fires, drive a fire engine and take charge of a group of dedicated firemen, Mpini said she enjoys the part of the job where she can go out to various schools and teach people about the dangers of fire.
“We deal with many shack fires and giving the community some basic tips to keep themselves fire free is important.”
Mpini said although she did not grow up in the area she felt like she was a huge part of the community as she dealt with various situations in the community on a daily basis.