Karoo landowner retells how aerial firefighting resources saved the day
To share positive stories about our firefighters, whether it’s ground or aerial teams, is never too late. Even if years have passed. Sometimes we don’t realise the impact which fire disasters have on people, and when they tell their stories as they have experienced it, you realise that the work you do, is not left unseen or unappreciated.
Recently, National WOF Aviation Manager, Mike Assad, met Alrie a guest farm owner, during a Karoo road tour. When she heard he worked for Working on Fire, she shared this beautiful story, which has to be shared.
Alrie van Wyk (from the farm Papkuilsfontein in Nieuwoudtsville District – Northern Cape) tells her story:
“Any additional comment on the recollection and kind words by Mrs. Alrie van Wyk would be woefully inadequate, but we would like to salute our colleagues for going the extra mile, for being fire ready, for putting others before yourselves, to save lives, protect property and the environment and restoring dignity,” CEO of Kishugu Aviation, Emile Grobbelaar, concluded.
“It’s not often that pilots get such feedback directly from the public,” says Mike Assad. “Wildland firefighting is an industry with many inherent risks, and being a firefighter, who helps save lives, properties and the environment, takes hard work, personal sacrifice and selflessness. We are therefore grateful for stories like these that express how appreciative the public are for the work they do. It really motivates our pilots and made me feel tremendously proud to be associated with our company and our pilots who does such great work.”