Firefighters sharpen skills at camp
Working on Fire Western Cape has been hard at work preparing its participants for the 2017/18 veld fire season.
“With an overall 90% pass rate received at our annual Yellow Card Training, I am confident that we are ready for the coming fire season. Over the past two years, the Western Cape participants assisted various landowners, Fire Protection Associations and local fire authorities in suppressing close to 500 fires across the province. With all measures put in place leading up to the summer fire season, together with the support of our partners and stakeholders, we will be on high alert during the coming fire season,” says WC Acting General Manager Felicia Ngwasheng.
Before being deployed across the province, just over 700 participants stationed at 28 bases in the province underwent a Yellow Card Training Camp from 26 September to 6 October, to refresh their firefighting skills and test their physical and mental fitness in preparation for the coming fire season.
The 2017/18 veld fire season officially starts on 1 December 2017 and will continue to the end of April 2018.