Fire awareness campaign welcomed in KZN communities
After assessing the fire statistics from last year, KZN Working on Fire identified three areas that had the most fires and initiated an integrated fire awareness campaign in those areas.
Qhudeni was one of the areas chosen as it had around 30 fire call-outs in 2014. With the assistance of the Crew Leaders and the KZN Communications Cluster they targeted a ward that had the most fires in the area and began to liaise with key stakeholders in the area to undergo fire awareness campaign.
Khulani Zulu, KZN Fire Awareness Training Officer said, “Stakeholders were very keen to partner with us as they also saw the increasing problem with fires in the area. SAPS, the Department of Social Development, Nkandla Municipality and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries where the stakeholders took part in the fire awareness campaign.
Community Fire Awareness officer, Makhos iDladla, said,” Working on Fi re partnered with ward councillors, Iziduna, local municipalities and community members to do workshops and assist communities in forming a committees or forums to deal with fire in their area in a safe way”.
The Speaker of the Nkandla Municipality, Mrs. Nzuzaexpressed her appreciation towards Wof for leading these fire awareness campaigns. “Werespect the hard work of the fire fighters, what they do is very risky and dangers and the municipality and communities will always appreciate the hard work of WoF”, she said.
The community members where very grateful with all the departments that came to speak and educate them, they remember the homes and the community hall that burnt last year and are optimistic about this upcoming fire season.