Working on Fire operations during fires in perspective

13 February, 2017

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Working on Fire operations during fires in perspective

13 Feb,2017Working on Fire

Working on Fire operations during fires in perspective

  • The contingent of firefighters from the Department of Environmental Affairs Working on Fire Programme played an instrumental role in assisting Cape Nature and Western Cape Disaster Management officials to contain the fires.
  • The fire crews, bolstered by aerial support, battled huge fires in Somerset West, Simon’s Town, Tulbagh, Grabouw, Southern Cape and the West Coast.
  • Over 1000 firefighters are currently in the Western Cape stationed in 31 teams – with some mobilised from as far afield as bases in the Eastern Cape and Free State.
  • They were supported by Working on Fire spotter planes, fixed-wing Air Tractor water bombers and a helicopters.
  • The Working on Fire Programme spends about R80 million per year in the Western Cape, preventing and managing large wild fires.
  • Working on Fire has twenty-five firefighting aircraft currently deployed in the Western Cape and 36 pilots, and about 70 vehicles that provide logistical and firefighting support.
  • Working on Fire falls under the Department’s Environmental Programmes and is implemented through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
  • High temperatures, no rain and especially windy conditions are forecast for February, which is usually a very dry month (2% of our annual rainfall).

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