A team of 100 firefighters will hotfoot away for Canada on Tuesday night as half of the division of forestry, fisheries and the ambiance’s Engaged on Fire programme.
They are being deployed to reduction with firefighting efforts to bring the fires raging for the duration of Manitoba below abet an eye on.
Forestry, fisheries and the ambiance minister Barbara Creecy has despatched a message of make stronger to the team, telling them: “I believe that, as within the previous, you have to perchance well wing South Africa’s flag excessive and that your camaraderie will stand you in apt stead as you battle alongside colleagues from diversified Canadian provinces and cities to attach lives and properties.”
The Engaged on Fire programme is dash during the Extended Public Works Programme. It affords work opportunities, expertise coaching and private style to communities for the duration of the country, specializing in targets of 85% younger other folks and 30% females.
This latest deployment is in response to a request for the abet of the Canadian Inter-agency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) when it comes to a working settlement between SA and Canada that affords for the alternate of wildland fireplace management resources.
The crew of 100 firefighters will seemingly be joined by a nine-person management team.
Possibility became in accordance with physical health, these with a sound yellow card and more than three years’ proper firefighting experience, a sound South African passport as wisely as passing a drug screening test and having a transparent prison file.
These that made the slash were required to endure refresher coaching in Hekpoort, Gauteng, to build sure that they are match and ready for Canadian conditions. This included plot learning, energy pumps usage, fireline safety and pre-deployment coaching on the conditions they’ll inquire of in Canada, and the diversified forms of harmful animals they could perchance well just locate.
The firefighters — 30 of whom are females — will seemingly be gone for 34 days.
Creecy said participants of the Engaged on Fire team who had no longer been chosen for the Canada creep would live to pronounce the tale standby to battle wildfires that will perchance well perchance procure away in SA as wintry weather comes to an stop.
Canada has been experiencing file-breaking warmth and associated dry weather. Mountainous wildland fires are burning in Manitoba province and crude fireplace hazard exists for the duration of diversified western provinces where more wildland fires are anticipated.
SA’s Engaged on Fire programme is in a order to name on shut to 5,000 firefighters spread for the duration of the country.
The team will hotfoot away for Canada on Tuesday night on a British Airways chartered flight arranged by the CIFFC. They could perchance well wing through London to Winnipeg in Canada where they’re going to endure a Covid-19 PCR test on arrival.
by Gill Gifford