South Africa Government

09/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/14/2021 23:36

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment's Working on Fire programme firefighters return from Canada, 16 Sept

The 109 firefighters and management from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environments' Working on Fire programme are set to return to South Africa on Thursday, 16 September 2021, after a successful deployment to Manitoba, Canada, where the South Africans assisted provincial firefighting authorities with wildland firefighting efforts.

These firefighters and management left South Africa on 10 August 2021 and at the time of their arrival in Winnipeg, Canada were experiencing high fire dangers, their available wildland fire management resources within the country were exhausted and they were on their highest level, National Preparedness Level 5.

The firefighting divisions were deployed to various active fires in Manitoba from Friday 13 August 2021, Loon Straits in the Eastern Sector and the Cold Lake complex in the Western Sector where multiple fires were burning.

Members of the media are invited as follow:

Date: 16 September 2021
Time: 07H00
Venue: Garden Court OR Tambo, 2 Hulley Road, Isando, Kempton Park

Linton Rensburg
Cell: 082 508 0990
E-mail: [email protected](link sends e-mail)

For media enquiries please contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871

Linton Rensburg
Cell: 082 508 0990