A New Era for Cape Town’s Fire & Rescue Service: Clinton Manuel Assumes Charge

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Clinton Manuel has been appointed as the new Chief Fire Officer (CFO) of Cape Town’s Fire & Rescue Service, effective June 1, 2023. With over three decades of firefighting experience, Manuel has demonstrated his commitment to community safety.

A Seamless Transition

In a ceremony held at the Epping Fire Station, Manuel received his accredited stars from his predecessor, Ian Schnetler, who retired seven months prior. The moment showcased an undeniable sense of continuity and trust.

A Remarkable Career

Manuel’s rise through the ranks has been nothing short of remarkable. He obtained a National Diploma in Fire Service Technology in 1995 and a degree in Public Management. This drive for excellence contributed to his current esteemed position.

A Vision for the Future

In his acceptance speech, Manuel urged all Fire and Rescue Service employees, as well as the city’s residents, to work together in strengthening and fortifying the service. His vision of a more secure and resilient city resonates with all those who call Cape Town home.

Stellar Reputation

Manuel’s significant accolades include leading the Fire & Rescue Service’s Training Centre to acquire accreditations from the Local Government Sector Education Training Association (LG SETA), the Southern African Emergency Service Institute (SAESI), and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO). He also played a crucial role in Cape Town becoming the first South African municipal fire service to secure membership in the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

Confidence in Manuel’s Leadership

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, expressed his confidence in Manuel’s appointment, citing his comprehensive understanding of the Fire and Rescue Service, his familiarity with the many firefighters under his supervision, and his passion for training, development, and growth.

Inspiring Leadership

Clinton Manuel’s leadership stands as a beacon of hope, signaling a bright future for the Fire & Rescue Service and the city of Cape Town.

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