Heroes of the Cape war on fires

15 Feb,2017 | WoF and Dept of Env Affairs, Working on Fire

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, has applauded the hard work of the 1000 firefighters from the Working on Fire programme and various fire authorities who played a crucial role in providing firefighting resources on the ground and in the air in the Western Cape during the past two months.

Multiple fires have ravaged the Western Cape and Working on Fire was asked to provide firefighting resources at 133 fires throughout the Western Cape (1/12/16 -20/01/17). The firefighters on the ground and in the air worked closely with fire authorities throughout the province in limiting the damage to the destruction of just under 150 000 hectares.

“Our 1000-odd firefighters, which included pilots and management, have played a significant role in bringing these fires under control. The fact that we were able to deploy firefighters from the Eastern Cape and the Free State in a relative short space of time is testimony to the strength of Working on Fire to provide a national firefighting resource anywhere in the country,”

Minister Molewa said. “To put our firefighting efforts in perspective, this deployment amounted to more than 5000 person days on the fires in the Western Cape between 1 December 2016 and 17 January 2017 alone.

“On behalf of our government I want to extend our gratitude and thanks to these brave firefighting warriors. They are certainly great ambassadors for our department’s Working on Fire programme,” Minister Molewa said.

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