Team ready for its first fire season

5 Sep,2017Profiles, WoFire News

Since its inception last year, the Rooiberg Team has been working tirelessly to put up fire prevention measures in fire-prone areas.

The team is facing its first fire season which will see the participants dispatched to the fire line for fire suppression.

The young firefighters have worked very hard within their community to implement integrated fire management services (IFMS), including fire prevention, fuel load reduction, fire detection, fire awareness and fire suppression.

“The area had a high fuel load, such as thick dry grass, and limited education about the impacts of fires. As a team we worked very hard alongside the Fire Protection Association implementing IFMS for landowners and community members,” says Type 1 Crew Leader Sehlare Foster Mabeba.

The team has been running fire awareness campaigns at schools and communities aimed at educating communities on how to be firesafe during the fire season and to prevent unwanted veld and forest fires.

Communities were urged to remove unnecessary rubble and overhanging tree branches on their properties, which can pose a serious fire risk, and to ensure that there were sufficient firebreaks between houses and adjacent grasslands.