WOF partners with provincial government for fire season
Working on Fire (WOF) in Mpumalanga partnered with the Mpumalanga Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA ) and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to launch the official opening of the winter fire season on 30 June 2017.
The launch saw a number of Fire Protection Associations (FPAs) under one roof discussing ways to mitigate and minimise the risk of veld and forest fires in the province.
Provincial General Manager Martin Bolton commended government departments, disaster management centres, FPAs and landowners for their continued support and partnerships in addressing an integrated approach to fire management.
“It is through these partnerships that WOF in Mpumalanga had a significant drop in the number of fires recorded between 2015 and 2016,” says Bolton.
There are over 600 firefighters in Mpumalanga who are fit and ready to be safely deployed throughout the province to miminise the negative impacts of fire.