What is COVID-19?

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, China. ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of what we now know as ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ (COVID-19). Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa.

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’s vision is to be the leading global  integrated fire management agency, making a sustainable difference in the environment and people’s lives. 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 values

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.


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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

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 2015, he praised the Working on Fire Programme during his speech at the World Forestry Congress.

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 Working on Fire so it can continue to change lives and provide skills to South African youth.

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