1st Hour Free
The Overberg District Municipality (ODM) Fire and Rescue Services has formally confirmed their commitment to the 1st hour free Fire suppression for FPA members and that this will not be affected by the uncertainty around the WoF teams.
The ODM currently manages the WoF Team in Bredasdorp and will continue to do so. The team will still be available to members for firebreaks. The team will focus on the strategic firebreaks in our high-risk areas. The ODM and Overstrand Local Municipality are working on plans and strategies to still have the team or an equivalent thereof available over weekends in the fire season.
Availability of Aerial support
The ODM has also formally reported that the air resources situation is being closely monitored. Should the ODM see that they will not get an adequate service from FFA, they will investigate the possibility to, as they have done in the past, go out on tender for their own aircraft.
ADVANCED FIRE INFORMATION SYSTEM (AFIS)
The GOFPA uses the Advanced Fire Information System (AFIS) to manage the risk of fires in the Overberg. AFIS is a satellite-based fire information tool that provides near real-time fire information to users across the globe. This system provides fire managers across the globe with a unique tool to better manage the risk of wildfires close to high-value infrastructure and property such as transmission grids or forest plantations. AFIS provides users with fire prediction, detection, monitoring, alerting, planning and reporting capabilities through the use of Earth observation satellites, weather forecast models and Information and Communication Technologies.
For more information visit the website: www.afis.co.za