Volunteer Wildfire Services 2018/2019 New Recruit Induction:
Wildfires are a part of life in the Western Cape and every fire season, agencies in the Cape Peninsula, the Overberg, the Cape Winelands and as far afield as the Cedarberg respond to thousands of fires, stretching resources to the limit.
The Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS), a group of close to 300 volunteer wildland firefighters, deploy from four fire bases – Newlands, Jonkershoek, South Peninsula and Helderberg – to provide much-needed support to the likes of CapeNature, Table Mountain National Park, Overberg District Municipality and Winelands District Municipality, fighting some of the most destructive wildfires Cape Town and the Western Cape have experienced.
With the exception of a full-time employed general manager, the VWS is staffed, run and managed by committed people who all have day jobs. Many of the VWS’ deployments are at night, providing welcome relief for day-time fire crews, but once a VWS crew comes off the line, it’s back to base, home for a shower and maybe an hour or so of sleep, before heading for a full day at work or in the lecture hall.
Each year the VWS recruits and trains over 80 new members. They undergo rigorous training and evaluations to ensure that they are ready to face the summer fire season.
We will be inducting these newly trained and qualified members into the unit on Saturday 3 November at 15h00. This aligns with the start of the Western Cape summer fire season and will be a showcase of what the VWS has done over the past 19 years in order to prepare civilians for the rigours of wildland fire fighting.
Please join us at The Shed, Santa Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600