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A personal account of a South African Fireman.

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Author Daniel Joubert
Cover Type Paper-back
Size A5
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A personal account of a South African Fireman.

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Daniel Joubert

Daniel Joubert was born in Johannesburg but grew up in Durban. He completed his matric at George Campbell High School in 1979 and, much to the disappointment of his family and teachers, joined the Durban Fire Brigade 3 days after writing his final examination at the age of 17.

His charted course was to have set sail with him as a school teacher, but his childhood dream of fighting fires proved to be too strong to deny.

A two year period of fighting fires and a lot of ambulance work followed.

 Desiring the practical training that was only available in Johannesburg at that time, Daniel resigned from Durban and headed for the Witwatersrand. He joined the Johannesburg Fire Department in 1981 and underwent the training that was so highly regarded.

Briefly returning to Durban, he found that the professionalism of the Transvaal Brigades drew him back to the Transvaal. Joining Benoni Fire Brigade in 1982, he spent 2 years there before deciding to enter an Industrial fire service to gain the unique experiences available there. Not only did he gain valuable experience at Iscor in Newcastle, but he also received invaluable management training.

In 1987 and at the age of 25, Daniel applied for the vacant post of Chief Fire Officer of Orkney, a mining town in the then Western Transvaal, and following an intimidating interview (and much to his delight) was offered the position.

The following 15 years were a remarkable ride on the wave of change that built up and eventually broke on the shores of the New South Africa, and his experiences in the emergency services during this time make for compelling and provocative reading.

Daniel left the service in 2001 and is now a fire and safety consultant. He lives in Cape Town with his wife, Ita.