Working on Fire
Saving lives, protecting the environment, restoring dignity.
Working on Fire’s vision is to be the leading global Integrated Fire Management (IFM) agency, making a sustainable difference in the environment and people’s lives. Our core business is IFM and implimneting the Working on Fire (WOF) Expanded Public Works Programme. The WOF Programme is a government-funded, job-creation programme, that recruits youth from marginalised communities, trains them in fire awareness and education, prevention and fire suppression skills and employs them as WOF Participants. We currently employ nearly 5000 young men and women, stationed at 200 bases across the country.
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, 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.
In September 2020, the Working on Fire (WOF) programme, will have been in existence for 17 years. Over this period, WOF has grown exponentially from its humble beginnings, with just 850 veld and forest firefighters, to a globally renowned programme which includes WOF, the High Altitude Teams (HAT), the Drought Relief Project (DRP), the Value-Added Industries (VAI) project and its recent addition, the Forestry Support Team programme. Looking back, we clearly see how strong and longstanding partnerships supported, encouraged shaped and us. WOF is built on 17 years of successful partnerships.
The Working on Fire (WOF) programme, funded by the Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries, will be reaching a milestone of having been in existence for 17 years during the month of September.
Fire in South Africa
President Cyril Ramaphosa commends the WOF Programme
Over the past few years President Cyril Ramaphosa has given recognition and shown great support to the firefighters in Working on Fire. In February 2019, he praised the Working on Fire programme during his reply at the State of the Nation Address (SONA). These clips shows some of these comments as the President applauded the work done by these brave young men and women from Working on Fire.
At other occasions, President Cyril Ramaphosa reaffirmed Working on Fire as one of governments’ important Expanded Public Works Programmes and emphasised government’s commitment to supporting WOF so it can continue to change lives and provide skills to South African youth.