SOUTH AFRICA – This week we received the announcement of the death of Joos Smith, an Overberg District Municipality fire fighter of 16 years.
Municipal manager, David Beretti said in his statement, “It is with great sadness and a profound feeling of loss that the Overberg District Municipality must share the news of the death of a fire fighter late Tuesday night, 11 June 2019.”
Joseph ‘Joos’ Smith died in the line of duty while engaged in a wildfire suppression operation. Smith was in service to the community for the past 16 years as a fire fighter from the Caledon fire station. He leaves his wife and two sons and a daughter behind. Joos was a beloved colleague with many years of experience in wildfire and structural fire fighting.
The exact cause and circumstances leading to his death are being investigated by the South African Police Services. CFO Reinard Geldenhuys, Manager: Protection Services, asked, “Please keep his family and fire fighters in your prayers. We will keep you all updated on any funeral arrangements. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him.”
Fire and Rescue International extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. May he rest in peace.
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