WOF Free State switches gear on winter fire season preparations

7 Jun,2017Fire Awareness

Working on Fire in the Free State held its annual Yellow Card Training Camp (YCTC) at Moolmanshoek, near Clarens in the Free State.

The two-week camp took place at two venues, Moolmanshoek and Jimmy Roos School, near Dewetsdorp.

In total, 597 Working on Fire participants from 22 teams in the Free State underwent an intensive YCTC from 3 – 14 April 2017 in preparation for the winter fire season. The province had 64 veld fires between May and November 2016, a drastic drop from previous years.

At the training camps firefighters’ personal protective clothing and equipment were checked and they also had to undergo fitness training (2.4 km runs, push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups) and advanced firefighting training.

Upon finishing, the firefighters were issued with yellow cards which indicate that they are ready to fight fires.

“WOF in the Free State is geared up and preparing for the upcoming winter fire season,” says Willem van Aswegen, the WOF General Manager in the Free State. “We assessed the readiness of the firefighters by testing their fitness in order to see if they are mentally and physically fit to face fires during the fire season. We have also been extensively educating communities in the Free State about how to be fire safe by hosting various community fire awareness workshops and other activities.”

“The Yellow Card Training Camp was very challenging yet we enjoyed it at the same time and I’m also proud of the fact that I received my yellow card, meaning I am ready for the fire season,” says Motloung Mduduzi from Vrede Base.