Firefighters

Working on Fire employs more than 5000 young women and men who have been fully trained as wildland firefighters.

Wildland Firefighters

Working on Fire (WOF) was launched in September 2003 as part of the South African Government’s initiative to create jobs and to alleviate poverty.

Today, WOF employs more than 5000 young men and women, who have been fully trained as wildfire firefighters and are stationed in more than 200 bases throughout South Africa. WOF addresses the prevention and control of wildland fires to enhance the sustainability and protection of life, properties and the environment through the implementation of Integrated Fire Management solutions.

Firefighting

WOF participants are given the opportunity to progress within the Programme, from firefighters to Crew Leaders, Base Managers and Regional Managers. There are also various other positions available within the Programme that are most often filled by participants who have moved up the rank from firefighter level.

Further Training

These include Finance Control and Human Resource Practitioners, General Office Administration Clerks, Stock Controllers, Firefighter Trainers and Instructors, Health and Safety Practitioners, Fire Awareness Officers, Base Communication Representatives and Communication Officers. Some participants also have the opportunity to do more training in computer skills and driver training.

Life Skills

The life skills components of the basic training provide participants with a platform for personal growth in order to potentially progress up the ranks of the Programme. Many participants have become managers in the Programme and others have been employed in permanent positions outside of Working on Fire.

Duties

WOF Firefighters are typically called to assist with the management of local and international wildfires. In cooperation with authorities and Fire Protection Associations (FPAs), WOF implements Integrated Fire Management Solutions (IFMS).

This includes creating fire awareness, proactively putting preventative measures in place (prescribed burns and reduction of fuel loads), partaking in suppression operations and rehabilitating burnt areas.

Training

WOF Firefighters are typically called to assist with the management of local and international wildfires. In cooperation with authorities and Fire Protection Associations (FPAs), WOF implements Integrated Fire Management Solutions (IFMS).

This includes creating fire awareness, proactively putting preventative measures in place (prescribed burns and reduction of fuel loads), partaking in suppression operations and rehabilitating burnt areas.

Crew Leader Graduation - WoF Training Nelspruit

Scholarship Fund

Further Formal Training

The Scholarship Fund aims to provide resources to participants to pursue further formal training, which will improve their skills, knowledge and employability.

Diplomas and Degrees

Many participants have already progressed up the ranks of the Programme into management and administration roles. However, the funding from the Programme cannot always cover extended further studies. The Scholarship Fund, through internal and external funding, should provide the financial opportunities for chosen wildfire firefighters to study towards a diploma, degree or even a pilots license.

Fund Management

The fund will be managed by a committee consisting of former participants and Programme Managers, chaired by the Executive Chairman of Kishugu. All contributors to the Fund will receive annual statements on the utilisation of funds and participants’ progress. Contributions to this fund will greatly enhance the ability of the participants to improve their skills and knowledge and improve their employment opportunities and the contribution they make within their communities.

Firefighters

Social Development

Through our Social Development initiatives,
we make a difference in the lives or our participants
as well as the communities around our bases.

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Job Profile:

The role is responsible for creating, developing, refining and executing internal / external communications in line with the overall business strategy and ensures that the appropriate messages are developed via appropriate communications channels/platforms.

Reports to: Communication and Marketing Executive

Key Performance Areas:

  1. Corporate Communications
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders in the planning, development and delivering corporate communication to achieve objectives in engaging with business units and employees.
  • Develop, initiate and take ownership of the end-to-end delivery targeted, creative and engaging communications plans.
  • Create Internal Communication platforms and initiatives.
  • Conceptualises, copy-writes, proof-reads, edits and distributes content.
  • Develop and update annual Organizational Calendar and align the Corporate Communications Annual plan of Operations accordingly. Provide support to stakeholder on developing and/or implementing internal campaigns or events.
  • Be part of strategically driving the organisations values and culture.
  • Measure effectiveness of communications and distribution of content and recommending improvements and initiatives to achieve the business’s desired objectives.
  1. Brand Management and Compliance
  • Ensure brand compliance the Corporate Identity manual of funders.
  • Identify and procurement of Corporate Communication merchandise.
  • Design and edit corporate templates.
  1. Administration
  2. Report writing

Job Requirements:

  • Diploma or Degree in Communications / Public Relations / Marketing
  • 2 to 5 years proven experience in internal communications, public relations, marketing or similar

Required Skills:

  • Proven excellent command of the English language (written and spoken)
  • Ability to effectively communicate across multiple platforms
  • Familiar with Google Workspace, HTML, Social Media, Instant Messaging Platforms, Microsoft Office Suite

Desired Skills:

  • Internal Strategic Communications
  • Project Management (added advantage)
  • Adobe Premium – an advantage
  • Willingness to travel

Submit CV together with a motivational letter to: talentad@wofire.co.za

Note: Please clearly indicate in the subject line for which position you are applying.

If you have not had a response from us within 30 days after the closing date, kindly accept that your application has been unsuccessful. In line with the EEA, preference will be given to those applicants whose appointment will address the demographic imbalances in our work force profile.

Covid-19 Vaccine Intent:

WOF has a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination plan in place and as such all applicants will be required to submit a vaccination certificate to be considered in the selection process.

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