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CT hires 120 new firefighters ahead of festive season

Last year, firefighters attended to more than 5,000 structural and vegetation fires.

Additional firefighters have been hired in Cape Town as a precautionary measure. Picture: via twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Fire and Rescue Services are gearing up for yet another sweltering festive season in the Mother City.

The City of Cape Town has hired one hundred and twenty additional seasonal fire fighters to prepare for the looming summer.

Last year, firefighters attended to more than 5,000 structural and vegetation fires.

The City's JP Smith says the new recruits are contracted until early 2015.

"We have to bolster our resources from a variety of ways and that includes an additional 120 seasonal fire fighters.

"The first batch will start on 1 November and the second on 1 December and their contracts run until the end of April.