Combating fires

on ships
are one of
the worst

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 Maintenance.

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 Prevention.

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.

Fire-fighters checking their equipment during a training exercise



Enquiries can be directed to: SA Navy Recruitment Centre at (012) 339 4252 or (012) 339 4421.

Mail: Navy Headquarters, Department of Defence, Private Bag X 104, Pretoria, 0001, Recruitment Section

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revision date: Wednesday, February 02, 2011

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