When I was little, like most kids out there – I wanted to help someone in need. I was going to save the world…. As a mommy, I now cringe at the thought of my little madam trying to fly like Barbie to save her little kittens.
But honestly, now that I think about it as a wife and mommy, the thought of rushing out there to save the world seems scary … scarier actually would be the thought of someone who I loved putting their lives at risk… Does that make me selfish?
Today, I want to ask you an important question: Would you risk your life to save someone else’s?
I’m sure many of you are thinking: “That’s a really silly question, of course”… But the truth is that everyone says that they would, we say that we would but would we? Dangerous situations such as fires, floods and accidents usually happen unexpectedly. What do we do in this situation? We would most probably look for our immediate family and try to escape. But what about others? What about your neighbour or the lady across the street that you always fought with?
People in the community would need to take immediate action to save the lives of everyone involved. The type of individuals that would go fearlessly towards the danger like the Centrum Guardians. The one’s that would risk their own lives for someone else’s.
To be honest, I’m not sure I could do that. I don’t think I’m strong enough to be a Centrum Guardian and that is one of the reasons I admire them and their families.
I recently wrote a post asking; can we really protect our children from the dangers of the world? I received a mixed bag of comments; some agreed with me that we can’t protect them from everything while others emphasized how important it is to educate our kids on how to protect themselves in an emergency situation. You can read the post here.
As a wife and mother, I know just how overwhelming it can be to think about the safety and wellbeing of your family. Every day when I kiss my husband goodbye, I think about his safety and pray that his day goes well. It got me thinking about the mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons and friends of our Centrum Guardians. They must be made of steel. They need to always be prepared for the unexpected. The Centrum Guardians finalists and their families give up so much for the wellbeing of a nation.
Since we are in women’s month in South Africa I thought it would be appropriate to dedicate this post to Cynthia Maqungu, a Reservist Fire Fighter from Ekurhuleni Emergency Services who saved 3 people from a row of burning shacks at Ramaphosa Informal Settlement and the person who I’ve chosen to vote for in Centrum Guardians project. It took me a long time to decide who I wanted to vote for because every finalist deserves it but motherhood got the better of me and this story made me extremely emotional. It made me think of my unborn child and my toddler.
You still have time to decide, so I suggest you visit the website and spend some time getting to know the finalists. Vote for a Centrum Guardian finalist before voting closes on the 20th. www.centrumguardians.com
3 Important tips for Emergency and Service professionals:
It is vital that fire fighters exercise regularly. Exercise is the body’s natural way of self-regulating. Exercise has been scientifically proven to be the only effective way to help the body eliminate excess adrenaline that is nearly always present in the adrenaline-filled personnel. It literally helps them calm down. It has been proven to be extremely beneficial after traumatic events if combined with sufficient rest. If adrenaline is simply left in the system, all of its negative impacts will result. Regular exercise also keeps emergency and rescue personnel fit and better protected from injury.
Water is a vital component when one is in a high-stress job. It aids in digestion, helping to prevent gastrointestinal problems. Dehydration is a constant hazard at fire scenes and during sea rescues especially, so it is paramount that all personnel are well hydrated at all times.
Constant exposure to trauma can be detrimental. Witnessing pain, death, and violence can also be taxing. Taking time to appreciate and honour their hard work is one of the best ways to build encouragement.
If you’re a family member of an emergency and service professional, I want to say Thank you! It’s because of your encouragement and continuous support, we have these extraordinary people in the community.
The Centrum Guardian project has opened my eyes to the reality of the world. It got me thinking about my kids and my family but it also made me realise how important it is to acknowledge the individuals who dedicate their lives to saving others.