Now, a year after the devastating 2017 Knysna Fires, we remember the brave and selfless service of countless men and women, who fought relentlessly to save lives, properties and the environment. Read more and find out how to order your copy of “The Knysna Fires -12 Days of Service” publication for a mere R50 donation.

Knysna Fires 2017
- 12 days of service

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Integrated Fire Management (IFM) is a series of actions that include fire awareness, prevention, detection, suppression and rehabilitation.

On 7 June 2017, the Knysna Fire erupted and caused devastation and destruction on a scale that had never been experienced within a local municipality in this country and sadly led to loss of life and the destruction of properties and bulk service infrastructure worth millions of Rands.

Integrated Fire Management (IFM) is a series of actions that include fire awareness, prevention, detection, suppression and rehabilitation.

Following the initial deployment of the Working on Fire Riversdale Team, Working on Fire had, at the peak of the Knysna fire, dispatched 485 firefighters, 12 management, 12 Light Delivery Vehicles, 11 Fire Trucks, six Crew Busses, four Huey Helicopters, four Fixed Wing Spotter Planes and two 802 AT water bombers providing firefighting services to the Knysna and Plettenberg Bay fires.

Knysna Fires 2018

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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, focused 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 at 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.

Our values

Our organisational culture is shaped by our commitment to our core values. These values are the essence of our identity and reflect our long-term vision – which is to be the South African Government’s best performing Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), as well as a global leader in Integrated Fire Management.

Our values are the driving force behind everything we do. All our operational and functional staff are geared towards living these values.

From our Managing Director, right through to our firefighters, we aspire to be a company that really cares and is committed to protecting and saving lives, properties and our environment.

Message from the

Working on Fire MD

Trevor Abrahams

MD Message June 2018

This month, we commemorated the first anniversary of the Knysna fires of June 2017, which became the biggest single disaster that a local municipality in South Africa ever had to incur. We joined thousands of people throughout South Africa, and more in particular the...


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