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, 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 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.
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
Working on Fire is dedicated to saving lives and protecting the environment through wildland firefighting. But at the same time, WOF strives towards restoring dignity, and enabling and uplifting young South Africans. WOF accomplishes this by offering training...
Accountability is key to Working on Fire’s continued success. To ensure that accountability is upheld, Working on Fire ascribes to an external service provider in terms of reporting fraudulent and unethical behaviour or activities. Working on Fire is committed to...
During wildfires, firefighters as well as civilians (either helping to calm the blaze or caught in the situation), can get so preoccupied with a specific fire line, that they may easily be surrounded and engulfed. Many people have burnt or succumb to injuries related...