In the group photo, from left to right:Charl Blaauw, Eugenie Burger, Dane Shaw, Marc White, Nigel Aiken, Kevern Burger, Geanne Darke, Wayne Furphy, Andrew Barton, Bennie Bosch, Peet Kemp, Greg Miller, Liezl Clause (Note: Several volunteers were not present)

A major milestone was achieved last week when the St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group SFDVG) handed over safety wear and equipment to volunteers who had also undergone training provided by municipal services. The essential equipment has been procured to equip the DVG frontline, traffic and rapid response teams.

Liezl Clause

Spokesperson Liezl Clause said “This handing over marked the culmination of a long-time wish list that the DVG identified as being necessary to assist the public when fires and other disasters arise in our area. The procurement of bags containing gloves, masks, goggles, torches, flash hoods, caps, and whistles; as well as cones, stickers and car magnets, thanks to various donations received over time”.

The DVG is also recognised by Kouga Disaster Management who authorised the use of the logo and the public can now spot DVG volunteers by the vehicle magnets containing the logo, during an event.

The DVG and the NSRI also work well together during disastrous events and in workshops to take place later this month between the two organisations, they intend streamlining combined efforts even more to deal with events whether they be on land or in water.

“A big thanks to all the volunteers that give of their time and effort, often putting their lives in danger with no financial gain. Thanks to all donors as well!  As a volunteer group they are unable to function without financial assistance” said Liezl

“The DVG still needs to procure pumps and critical equipment and would appreciate any financial assistance.  Your contributions are much appreciated and donations can be paid to ….

. Our bank details are:

Account Name: FOSFFAR
Standard Bank
Acc no 186512139
Humansdorp Branch (051001)

Below are some photos of those who give of their time to assist in management of disasters that befall us us in the greater St Francis from time to time.

Geanne Darke (Communications) with Mark White

Nigel Aitken assisting Peet Kemp don his safety gear

Heather White, Dane Shaw, Andrew Barton and Charl Blaauw discuss equipment