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

WOF hosts prestigious graduation ceremony for 41 Crew Leaders

Working on Fire (WOF) in Mpumalanga proudly hosted a graduation ceremony for 41 Type 2 crew leader graduates at the Breakthrough Nelspruit Training Academy on 18 November 2016. The 41 firefighters from Limpopo, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal successfully completed...

Working on Fire changed her life

“My life could have turned out differently had I not been introduced to the Working on Fire (WOF) programme,” says 23-year-old former WOF firefighter Estella Cossa. In an interview with WOFire News, Cossa shares her experiences as a young woman wanting to break the...

Ermelo Team participates in Emergency Open Day

“We have come together as a municipality to educate and learn about ways in which we can all implement measures to minimise disasters in our homes and schools,” said Councillor Eva Makhabane in her opening remarks at the annual Emergency Open Day hosted by the Victor...

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