For the past two years consultants have been researching and preparing a set of best practice tools for integrated fire management (IFM) within the Fynbos Biome. What had originally been intended to be a regional initiative has since grown so significantly that it is now a one of its kind knowledge asset and legacy of the project for IFM across South Africa. Indeed a proud moment for FynbosFire!

The messenger bag, designed especially for IFM practitioners functioning under South African law, is a one-stop shop and reference guide that is fully customisable to suite the unique needs of any FPA.

To support a professional service to landowners, the concept of the Toolkit unfolded as an aid to FPA managers to help them with the recruitment of new members and to foster preparedness during extension work and meetings.

The Toolkit carries within it the *FPA Handbook, a loose leafed folder for refillable forms, awareness material and a USB flash drive containing all forms and documents in electronic format for ease of duplication. It has space for a notebook, pen, cellphone and any additional awareness material for distribution by the practitioner.

* The FPA Handbook is a manual that addresses IFM best practices, lessons learned, case studies, frequently asked questions and template documents that can be adapted for the unique requirements of any FPA within South Africa. It will also be available online.