Protecting the Environment,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Working on Fire News
Former Working on Fire (WOF) firefighter, Rudi Lucas, aged 33, has been appointed the Fire Awareness Training Officer in the Western Cape. Lucas started his journey as a firefighter in January 2009. “I learnt to be part of a team. I felt like I belonged because we had...
Working on Fire (WOF) hosted Professor Domingos Xavier Viegas, a globally renowned specialist in wildland fire behaviour from the University of Coimbra in Portugal, at the Provincial Disaster Management Centre in Tygerberg. Various fire authorities from municipalities...
Tebogo Tau, a Working on Fire driver from Molemane Base, is one of the more motivated drivers in the programme. Tebogo joined the WOF programme in February 2014 and was promoted to driver in October 2014. Tau says he enjoys his work as a driver as it has taught him to...