Firefighters celebrate their day amid COVID-19 pandemic

In view of restrictions on account of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country, the Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency (SFRSA) held low key activities at its headquarters at the New Port yesterday to celebrate International Firefighters' Day 2020.

A minute of silence was observed at midday to honour firefighters who have lost their lives while on duty. This was followed by 30 seconds of sounds of sirens from six of the fire engines in the fleet. The celebration finished with a lunch the firefighters had contributed to.

In his message for the occasion, the deputy chief fire officer, Regis Bethew, reminded the firefighters to remain engaged and focused on their mandate which is to save and protect life and property.

“Therefore, you need to continue prepare, commit and sacrifice yourself for the safety of others, especially during the countless minutes and hours, and further throughout the months and years,” he said.

He reminded that in all relevant cases and incidents, their courage, selfless devotion/ support and true professionalism, are always something for we, members of the public, to admire and appreciate.

Mr Bethew stated that the agency has and will always remember and recognise the good work of all the fire officers and firefighters in Seychelles including those who have left the job but are still holding the profession in their hearts.

“It is therefore with these few words that we would like to wish you all the best and prosperity in your beloved career as a firefighter,” he added.

Every year, the agency holds a series of activities, jointly with the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) Fire services, to celebrate International Firefighters' Day, with a promotion ceremony for fire officers as the main event among other forms of entertainment. For the first time last year, the firefighters paraded in town with their firefighting machines and other firefighting equipment in an attempt to bring their firefighting skills closer to the public.

Mr Bethew noted that the parade in town was greatly appreciated by the public but unfortunately it cannot be repeated this year, among other new activities, in view of the COVID-19 restrictions.

He however noted that SFRSA has, as usual, been working on a 24-hour basis during the restriction period.

He said they have mostly been attending to more rescues in road accidents as compared to fire incidents, among which was the fire in an apartment at Les Mamelles early yesterday morning in which a woman lost her life.

On account of the COVID-19 pandemic activities to mark the International Firefighters’ Day yesterday were low-key (Photo: Thomas Meriton)


SFRSA thanks firefighters for their loyalty, dedication and sacrifice

On the occasion of the International Firefighters’ Day today, May 4, the Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency (SFRSA) has thanked its officers for their loyalty, dedication and sacrifice.

A message from the chief fire officer Albert Rose to the officers reads:

“The role of a firefighter in today’s society is one of dedication of their lives to the protection of life and property. They commit and sacrifice in the form of countless hours over many selfless years. In all cases and incidents, they risk the ultimate sacrifice of their life.

“The SFRSA recognises its officers today on their day and wishes them the best in the journey as a firefighter in the Agency. We wish to thank them for their loyalty, dedication and sacrifice.”

Due to restrictions imposed by the department of health because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SFRSA is not organising any activities to commemorate the International Firefighters’ Day this year. However, at noon today, the fire sirens will sound for 30 seconds followed by a minute’s silence in memory of, and respect for, all firefighters who have been lost in the line of duty or passed on before us. This is known as the “Sound Off”.

May 4 has been recognised in many European countries for centuries as Firefighters’ Day because of Saint Florian. According to legend, Saint Florian was able to save an entire burning village in ancient Rome with just a single bucket of water. Saint Florian (Patron Saint of firefighters) is now known today as the defender of those who come in danger of fire.

The Day did not spread worldwide though until the death of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a wildfire in Victoria, Australia on January 4, 1999. Today the International Firefighters’ Day is observed on May 4 all over the world.

The International Firefighters’ Day is the day to celebrate and appreciate the hard work of the firefighters as well as to honour and recognise the bravery, courage, determination and sacrifices that fire fighters make to ensure that the communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day to thank the current and past firefighters for their invaluable contributions and to remember those who have died while serving the community or dedicated their lives to protecting the safety of the people.

The red and blue ribbon is the most significant symbols of the International Firefighters’ Day. The colour red represents the element of fire and blue represents water. Coincidently, red and blue are also the colours recognised worldwide to signify emergency services.

Construction of Fire Station at Anse Royale

The contract Agreement between the Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency (S.F.R.S.A) and Chinese Contractor Qing Jian International (Seychelles) Group Development Company Limited was signed on Thursday the 26th March, 2020 at the Headquarters of the S.F.R.S.A, Latanier Road, Mahé. The work on site was expected to start within the coming weeks. However due to the stay in construction imposed by the Department of Health because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, construction has been put on hold.

Red Cross donates camp beds to fire and rescue services

Mr Marcel hands over the camp beds to Mr Madeleine (Photo source: RCSS)

The Red Cross Society of Seychelles (RCSS) on Saturday donated 10 camp beds to the Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency (SFRSA).

These will be used by the SFRSA officers on standby during the COVID-19 crisis in the country.

SFRSA and Seychelles Red Cross

RCSS volunteer Kenneth Marcel handed over the camp beds to SFRSA spokesperson Jones Madeleine at the RCSS headquarters.

The RCSS has its pre-positioning stock for such eventualities and has always assisted its local partners.

The RCSS and the SFRSA have a long-standing partnership. Some of the equipment, such as generators and ambulance are based at the SFRSA on Praslin and La Digue to facilitate response.

Ongoing trainings to build capacities of both parties and the signing of agreements are part of plans to formalise the existing partnership. 

Press release from the RCSS

Dife i detri en pti lakaz Belonie

Dife ti Sanmdi bomaten konpletman detri en pti lakaz an tol Belonie dan ki trwa dimoun ti pe reste.

En temwen ti dir ki ti dan bann 10er bomaten ki sa dife ti konmans pran dan sa lakaz e i ti’n konmans ede pour tenny li avek en rakor delo e osi ed sa bann dimoun retir enpe keksoz personnel parey lenz dan sa lakaz avan ki bann zofisye Lazans Servis Tenny Dife ti arive en pti pe letan apre.

Dapre zofisye relasyon piblik kot sa lazans, Msye Jones Madeleine, zot ti ganny alerte lo sa dife ver 10.25 bomaten e lazans ti deplway trwa kanmiyon pour konbat sa dife e letan zot ti ariv dan sa landrwa sa lakaz ti deza anflanm.

Msye Madeleine i dir erezman personn pa’n ganny dimal dan sa dife ki ziska prezan pa kler ki mannyer in konmanse.

I dir en lanket pe deroule pour konn lakoz sa dife.

Marie-Anne Lepathy

En pick-up i pran dife, en lot i perdi kontrol e kraz en miray

SFRSA seychelles

Lapolis in raporte ki dife in konpletman detri kabin en pick-up 3 tonn.

Dapre drayver sa pick-up, en zonm endyen aze 38-an, i ti sorti Pointe Larue e pe diriz fer lavil. An arivan kot highway i ti santi loder brile e vwar lafimen pe sorti dan kabin. Ler i di debarke i ti tann bann ‘spark’ e apre sa kabin ti pran dife.

Lazans servis tenny dife anvil e osi servis tenny dife erport ti entervenir pour tenny sa dife.

SFRSA seychelles

Sa lensidan ti ganny raporte 0850 yer kot stasyon lapolis Anse Aux Pins.

Drayver pa’n ganny okenn dimal an rezilta sa aksidan.

Dan en lot aksidan touzour yer, ki ti ganny raporte avek stasyon Mont Fleuri dan 0935, en pick-up 3 tonn ti pe monte ver La Louise e an arivan avan sa kontour kot Kan Frichot, dapre temwen, sa pick-up ti zis konmans desann annaryer kot in frot avek en jeep ki ti osi pe monte, me ki ti’n say li ler i ti war kot i ti pe desann annaryer san control. Sa pick-up ti osi bat dan bann baraz feray e apre kraz miray kot sant sosyal Plaisance avan i ti kapab arete. Drayver sa pick-up ti ganny transporte lopital pour resevwar tretman.