Firemen need to be protected first
Dundee Precious Metal Tsumeb runs its own well-equiped firefighting unit. This is an operational requirement since the smelter operators stores so much incendiary chemicals. But from their own experience, Dundee knows how important it is to protect the fireman first, before he can protect others. This also applies to the municipal firefighting unit in Tsumeb, thus Dundee recently donated bunker gear worth N$100,000 to the town’s firemen. The bunker gear consists mostly of Personal Protective Equipment.
The gear comprises six advanced bunker jackets, fire boots, pants and gloves. Dundee Precious Metals Safety Manager, Alfeus Gariseb highlighted the importance of safety in the community and sharing resources and expertise.
“Safety is paramount at Dundee and is held in high regard by both Tsumeb Fire station and the Company’s Fire and Emergency Response division. One could say both institutions’ goals are somewhat aligned,” said Dundee’s Superintendent Fire & Emergency Response, Quinton Galloway.
Tsumeb Municipality Chief Fire Officer, Mathew Shikewa mentioned that their personal protective gear had sustained damage during a previous fire. He acknowledged Dundee for going above and beyond to provide the local station with specialized equipment. “This will be used to render care and assistance to citizens in need”, Shikewa said.
According to Tsumeb firefighter, Timoteus Wangolo the donation is a long term investment that is set to benefit not only the fire station but the entire community.