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Working on Fire firefighters in the Western Cape continues to operate as usual during lockdown to ensure they can render essential services of suppressing fires when required.

Although other provinces are on standby from home, Western Cape firefighters were deemed essential services as the province is in the midst of the summer fire season.

According to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and Environment, all environmental projects were instructed to cease operating beside the Working on Fire program that is in the Summer Fire season, aerial and dispatch capacities, as well as WOF managed forestry and plantations teams known as the DEFF teams.

Strict health and hygiene practices are enforced in all teams. Each of the over 28 teams in the Western Cape including visiting teams are supplied with hygienic supplies and were taught to keep safe during this pandemic.

“We have undertaken ourselves to collect each firefighter who uses public transport from their place of residence to try to make sure they adhere to the rule of keeping a safe distance. Each morning and afternoon our buses collect and drop them off at their place of residence. Our buses are disinfected daily, and each base has its stock of soaps and sanitizers,” said Melany Duthie-Surtie, Working On Fire’s Western Cape General manager.

“All our firefighters have the necessary permits to perform essential services duties and they are fully operational. We provide them with the necessary sanitizing materials and hygienic products for themselves, our buses and fire-trucks transporting them as well as their bases.

Our firefighters must be able to respond promptly to a fire to prevent damages that might be caused by the spread of the fire.

We also continue to raise awareness to our teams and ensure they are aware of the preventative measures to be taken to protect themselves from being infected.

Earlier this week the Tulbagh team and a few aerial resources responded to a fire in Witzenberg Mountain.

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