SOUTH AFRICAN FIREFIGHTERS PREPARING FOR 2018 FIRE SEASON

PRETORIA– South Africa’s firefighters have been hard at work over the past few months preparing for the 2018 winter fire season, which usually starts in early June.

Just over 4,000 firefighters stationed at 160 bases throughout South Africa will be ready for the start of the winter fire season which could last up to the end of November this year, the Department of Environmental Affairs said in a statement.

Training camps will be undertaken during April to ensure all firefighters are fit and ready to be on active duty during the upcoming fire season.

Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa said the firefighters are professionally trained to suppress veld and forest fires, and have been deployed throughout the country to reduce the personal and economic harm caused by unwanted wildfires.

As a result of the current drought being experienced throughout the country, a very difficult winter fire season is expected. The authorities have established a national deployment team which can be dispatched to anywhere in the country to assist farmers and land owners with fire suppression efforts.

Molewa urged landowners to work with the fire services to develop clear integrated fire management services, including prescribed burning, fuel load reduction, community fire awareness, early detection and fire suppression plans, among others.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK