Saving Lives,
Protecting the Environment,
Restoring Dignity.

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

A worthy mother

Refilwe Makola, a 47-year-old mother of five children and an ex-offender who became a firefighter tells her story of how Working on Fire restored her dignity. She says after being paroled by the Department of Correctional Services, she didn’t think she would ever be...

Female Crew leader aspires to be a nurse

Type 2 Crew Leader, Mpho Kgole, of Ditholo Team in Hammanskraal is now a qualified auxiliary nurse after completing her theatre training at Louis Pasteur Hospital recently in Pretoria. Mpho used some of the monthly stipend she gets from the WOF programme to pay...

Education is my only weapon left

“ Finally I am writing my matric examinations later this year. It has been a turbulent and trying journey. My mother does not have matric. I am honouring her by completing what she always wanted me to do,’’ said Elsie Molahlegi, a Type 2 Crew Leader at Roodeplaat...

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