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

Career development a priority for participants

With 23 base teams and 603 firefighters in the Mpumalanga province, Social Development Practitioner Condrick Mukhudwani says career development tops the list of things to achieve in 2017. “As WOF continues to assist in poverty alleviation and job creation across the...

Rising above her disability

Restoring dignity is one of the key messages of Working on Fire, and through this key message WOF has changed a lot of lives across the country. Twenty-five-year-old Alettah Mbabala is one of the participants whose life changed for the better since she joined the WOF...

Bethlehem participants save lives by donating blood

Donating a unit of blood can save up to three lives of patients in need. Becoming a regular blood donor ensures that safe levels of blood supply are maintained and makes it possible for the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) to store sufficient blood to meet...

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