WORKING ON FIRE AVIATION

Trusted supplier of aerial firefighting services.

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WORKING ON FIRE AVIATION

Trusted supplier of aerial firefighting services.

Who we are:

Working on Fire (WOF) Aviation is a trusted supplier of aerial firefighting services to key role players within the wildland firefighting industry in South Africa. Its fleet flies an approximate 4,000 hours and responds to an average of 300 fires annually.

WOF Aviation is most renowned for providing aerial support to the South African Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) Working on Fire Programme. In so doing, WOF Aviation assists with combating life destructive and unwanted wildfires during fire seasons.

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WOF Aviation partners with municipalities, landowners, conservation agencies and Fire Prevention Associations (FPAs) to provide aerial support to the WOF ground crews. Its water bomber aircraft douse the flames by dropping water loads onto the fire and cooling the area. Wildland firefighters can then move in and combat the flames, which would otherwise be too hot to launch a direct attack on.

WOF Aviation is proud of its operations and always puts safety first.

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Depending on the season and client requirements, WOF Aviation operates up to 12 Huey helicopters with Bambi Buckets, 4 Air Tractor 802 fixed wing bombers, 14 Spotters (Command and Control aircraft) and 17 Aerial Support Vehicles (ASVs).

All WOF Aviation's resources for this tasking, aircraft and pilots, are supplied by Kishugu Aviation, which holds the Air Operating Certificat (AOC). The fleet's maintenance is carried out by a SACAA approved Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) - FFA Aviation AMO 1116

Depending on the season and client requirements, WOF Aviation operates up to 12 Huey helicopters with Bambi Buckets, 4 Air Tractor 802 fixed wing bombers, 14 Spotters (Command and Control aircraft) and 17 Aerial Support Vehicles (ASVs).

All WOF Aviation's resources for this tasking, aircraft and pilots, are supplied by Kishugu Aviation, which holds the Air Operating Certificate (AOC). The fleet's maintenance is carried out by a SACAA approved Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) - FFA Aviation AMO 1116

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WHAT WE DO

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Our Aircraft

Aircraft are critical tools in managing wildland fires. WOF Aviation supplies its clients with the highly effective AT-802, UH-IH Huey helicopters and Cessna 182, 206 and 210 as well as Aerial Support Vehicles.

Spotter

Working on Fire Aviation uses the Cessna 182/206/210 for aerial command and control and for safety and operational command over wildfires. The Cessna observes, analyses and predicts fire behaviour, to supply all relevant parties with updated information.

It is equipped with 2 x Standard VHF Aircraft Radios and aircraft approved Technisonic Mid Band radios for communication with other aerial resources, Incident Commanders and firefighting crews on the ground.

Huey Helicopters

Kishugu uses the UH-IH or “Huey” for fast deployment of helicopter attack teams to wildland fires in South Africa and for aerial fire attack. All are upgraded to aviation standards, with modifications to enhance strength and safety for the rigors of repetitive lifting

The Huey makes use of 1,000 litre Bambi Buckets to transport water to the fire line. As far as possible,
it scoops grey, unpotable water from the ocean or dams. If the water source is close, the aircraft has a very high turnaround time.

AT-802

The Air Tractor (AT) 802, Single engine Air Tanker (SEAT) is a highly effective and sought-after aerial firefighting resource. It has served with distinction on the front lines of wildfires for more than 10 years.
It is a fast, maneuverable aircraft that is operationally effective and economical. The AT-802 can be programmed to discharge its 3,000 litre load in pre-set volumes and intervals, enabling the pilot to optimise water and retardant dispersal and to make precision drops on a number of critical points on a fire.

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WOF Aviation is dedicated to:

Excellence

to be regarded as the most effective and efficient supplier of aerial firefighting services in South Africa and to continue to share our expertise and expand our services internationally.

Teamwork

Offer effective aerial support to the Working on Fire ground crews, by cooling down the area, enabling the trained and certified wildland firefighters to combat the flames on ground level.

Making a difference

Save lives, properties and the environment from the devastating effects of unwanted wildfires by collaborating with government, land users, environmental agencies and FPAs.


Did you know:

Since 1986 the Forest Fire Association (FFA), now known as Kishugu Group of Companies under the brand Working on Fire Aviation, has flown more than 60, 000 hours and tended to more than 9,000 fires in South Africa.


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