Volunteer Wildfire Services

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

With 150 members at two stations (Newlands and Jonkershoek), the VWS has assisted the Table Mountain National Park and surrounding areas with some of the wildest fires Cape Town has ever 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.

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, Titan Aviation, UT Air, Winelands Fire Brigade, the South African Navy and Working on Fire.

As at 13 May 2010, the Volunteer Wildfire Services has achieved over 26,000 active duty fire fighting hours between it’s members. The VWS will continue with the goal of saving lives, property and South Africa’s natural heritage.

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