FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATIONSFire Protection Associations are a group of landowners that prevent and manage wildland fires in a defined area.
Fire Protection Associations (FPA) should work with an Umbrella FPA (UFPA) operating at a provincial level and aligned with the Provincial Disaster Management Centre.
The UFPA benefits a number of smaller FPAs through shared resources and services.
FPAs were born out of the necessity for a single Integrated Wildfire Management structure. The National Veld and Forest Fire Act of 1998 recognises this need and promotes that all landowners, where there is a high and fairly uniform risk of wildfires, and where that risk justifies the costs of organising and maintaining the FPA, organise themselves into a forum which can become a registered FPA.
Under its contract with the South African Government, Working on Fire is mandated to assist in the development of FPA’s and has developed guidelines to this end. As financial viability is a potential problem impacting upon the sustainability of FPA’s, WOF has provided support to FPA’s over the past three years and anticipates this to continue for the next four years.