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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17 years of Successful Partnerships

The Working on Fire (WOF) programme, funded by the Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries, will be reaching a milestone of having been in existence for 17 years during the month of September.

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