Fire education a key in combating flames
According to Working on Fire in Gauteng, the West Rand recorded the most fire calls last year. It was therefore important to educate the communities in the areas about the dangers of veld and forest fires.
Gauteng’s Community Fire Awareness Officer, Lerato Mokwena, said that they then identified the areas that needed more intense fire awareness education.
“As part of making the campaign effective, a strategy was developed to do a door to door fire awareness campaign in the squatter camps on the West Rand, especially on farms,’’ she explained.
Said Lerato:‘‘We invited our major stakeholder which is the West Rand District Municipality to workshops in communities and schools’’. Sipho Dhladhla, Fire Awareness Training Officer, said that significant in-roads have been made into the schools as well.
Michael Nong a fire fighter from the Cradle of Humankind Team said that he was glad that the campaigns reached out to many fire prone communities. He said the crew members were brave enough to go in the shacks and houses of people.
‘‘This expressed the love the team has for the communities. We really care about their safety and environment,’’ said Nong.