More South African wildland firefighters to be dispatched to Canada – worst wildfire season in history 


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A fourth group of South African firefighters from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environments’ Working on Fire Programme is set to fly out to the Province of British Columbia, Canada, this coming Friday, 25 August 2023 at 20:00.

These firefighters are scheduled to fly out to Canada this coming Friday evening, 25 August 2023. This is happening as Canada is experiencing its worst wildfire season in their history with evacuations happening in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories this past weekend.

The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) requested a fourth team of WOF firefighters (200 firefighters and 15 management team) to be deployed to the Province of British Columbia (B.C).

These firefighters will start to assemble at the Kishugu Training Academy this week as they start their preparations to be deployed to Canada.

At the same time, the third group of Working on Fire firefighters (Mzanzi3) who have been deployed to the Provinces of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, are planning to return home to South Africa this coming Wednesday, 23 August 2023, 12H30 at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, after a successful 33 day deployment.

Members of the media are invited to cover the return of our third group of Working on Fire firefighters, Mzanzi3 this Wednesday and also the deployment of the fourth team, Mzanzi4, this coming Friday.

Issued by the Working on Fire – Kishugu Joint Venture

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