Eastern Cape ready for fire season
The Eastern Cape officially launched their Winter Fire Season in spectacular style at the Stutterheim Airfield on the 5 June 2015.
Various stakeholders from the Fire Protection Associations, landowners like forestry companies and government and the media attended the launch.
The key objective of the event was to showcase the Working on Fire teams’ readiness and its resources that it has at its disposal for the fire season.
In 2014 the Province experienced one of its worst winter fire seasons in seven years and people lost their lives as well livestock and properties were destroyed. Speaking at the launch, the Community Fire Awareness Officer,WongamaCopiso, said that the launch was also meant to create awareness of veld and forest fires in the province.
“We have been conducting fire awareness campaigns in the fire prone communities and in schools because we want to make the 2015 fire season, a fire free season,” he said. Copiso also said that the province is ready because the ground crew teams are certified to attend fire calls after they had undergone extensive refresher courses during their annual Yellow Card Training camp.
The Chairperson of the Eastern Cape Umbrella Fire Protection Association, David Malan, said that they encouraged farmers to be ready and to take more precautions for the upcoming fire season.
The Community Liaison Officer from the Amathole Forestry Company, Herold Mrashula, also stated that they are ready for the fire season. “We have worked closely with the communities by offering assistance at all times. We have also strengthened our relationship with WoF and the FPA’s to ensure a quicker response to fires in the Province,” said Mrashula.