Fires on ships are one of the worst threats in the maritime
industry and hence all South African Navy personnel are
trained to combat fires. In addition to this, the South
African Navy has its own dedicated fire fighting service to
combat both shore-based and ship fires. The South African
Navy Fire Service is divided into four departments:
Training, Logistics, Administration, Fire Prevention and
The South African Navy’s Fire Service requires you to:
- Be keen to follow a career in fire fighting
- Have Matric (Maths and Science)
- Not suffer from vertigo (dizziness)
- Not be claustrophobic
- Not be acrophobic.
Selected Fire Fighters attend a 16 week Fire Fighter Part 1
course which covers theory and practical fire fighting, HAZMAT
Awareness and First Aid 1-3.
On successful completion of this course the candidate is awarded
a Certificate of Competency accredited by the South African
Emergency Services Institute (SAESI), which is recognised by all
civilian fire organisations. In addition to these qualifications,
the sailors in this branch also complete a Basic Ambulance Course
that is the equivalent of First Aid Level 5.
After the course members will be placed as a fire fighter at
Naval Base Simon's Town or SAS SALDANAH and will be responsible for
Fire Fighting, Rescue, Maintenance, Administration and Fire
Other special tasks include standby duties during the refuelling
and de-fuelling of ships, loading and offloading of ammunition and
standing by for helicopter landings onboard ships and ashore.
As a Fire Fighter members may have the opportunity to be selected
for deployment as part of AU and UN peace keeping operations.