Volunteer Wildfire Services

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The Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS)  have been combating dangerous and runaway wildfire fires since 1999.

With approximately 150 members at three stations, namely, Newlands, Jonkershoek and South Peninsula. The VWS has assisted the Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town and Cape Nature in the Boland and surrounding areas with some of the wildest fires that the Cape has experienced.

Baptised by fire through the devastating fires in Cape Town during the year 2000, the VWS is now a highly organised Section 21 Company that continues to grow in reputation and stature.

The VWS relies solely on fundraising by it's members and donations from the generous public. The unit needs approximately R900 000.00 annually. They do not receive any government funding. To properly kit a fire fighter costs about R2500.00 and most of that is funded by the member themselves. 

We work closely with other emergency service organisations in wild-land fire management such as Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town Fire & Emergency Services, CapeNature, Disaster Management, Winelands Fire Brigade, the South African Navy and Working on Fire.

As of January 2015, The Volunteer Wildfire Services has achieved over 46 600 active duty fire fighting hours between its members. This figure is constantly climbing due to the busy 2015 fire season. 

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