Restoring Dignity... Saving Lives...
Protecting the Environment...

Working on Fire recruits young men and women and trains them to implement a range of
integrated fire management products and services which includes fire management
planning, fire detection, prevention, suppression and community fire awareness.

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About Us

Working on Fire is a government-funded, job-creation programme focusing on implementing Integrated Fire Management in South Africa. We employ more than 5000 young men and women who are fully trained as wildfire firefighters and are stationed in more than 200 bases across South Africa. Our firefighters are recruited from marginalised communities and trained in fire awareness and education, prevention and fire suppression skills.


Working on Fire employs more than 5000 young men and women who have been fully trained as wildland firefighters and are stationed in more than 200 bases throughout South Africa.

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The WoF Programme has an extensive collection of letters of recognition and appreciation from various communities where WoF teams assisted in saving lives and protecting property.

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Fire in South Africa

Fires are, and always have been, a part of the South African landscape. They occur as a natural phenomenon in grasslands, woodlands, fynbos, and sometimes in indigenous forests.

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Download a selection of recent and archived newspaper articles, radio mentions and other media sources from the media section about Working on Fire and its activities.

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Working on Fire News

Working on Fire participant joins police services

Former Working on Fire ( WOF) participant, Hanolizia Geduld, is currently completing a basic police training course at the South African Police Services Academy in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town. She will relocate to SAPS in Riversdale in December 2016. A single parent to a...

High risk areas to be monitored

The KwaZulu-Natal Utrecht team responded to a call of a fire at Emlwane Farm on 16 July. The team fought the fire for almost four hours before it was finally suppressed. According to the team’s Base Communication Representative, Zamani Nkosi, the fire was the second...

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