FynbosFire sponsored training opportunities


The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Saasveld Campus, George) has presented the first of what may become regular short learning programme courses on Fire Ecology and Conservation in fynbos. Seventeen representatives were nominated by FPA members to attend. The course is essentially a basic introduction to Fire Ecology in the Western Cape, which is ideally suited to the layman and those people with no conservation background, or, who are not familiar with fynbos in the Western Cape. As a requirement for the successful completion of the course, students have to complete a short assignment based on a project from their own work environment. There is thus an expectation that information learnt may be multiplied throughout the region.

Fourteen accredited short learning courses are being sponsored by the GEF FynbosFire Project for FPAs and the organisations affiliated with them. In the Southern Cape region, to date, 86 individuals have received training in various courses such as Veldfire Behaviour Principles, Risk Analysis, Fire Ecology and Conservation, etc. These training courses will lead to enriched knowledge in the area of veldfires and aid in the management of the high fire risk in this region.

“This training is an ideal opportunity to learn how to apply knowledge practically in the field,” said Danie Gräbe, Extension Officer for the Southern Cape Fire Protection Association.


SCFPA awards fire fighter bursary

An exciting opportunity will be granted to one of the Southern Cape Fire Protection Association’s (SCFPA) Working on Fire (WoF) firefighters to study for a Higher Certificate in Veldfire Management at NMMU (George Campus) next year. This full bursary is awarded to uplift and increase the individual’s knowledge of veldfires and to provide him/ her with an opportunity and the advantage to exceed in their career ahead.

The applicants should comply with specific prerequisites to be considered for the course, such as a minimum of one year’s experience within the WoF program as well as a few other factors that will also be considered.

“It is wonderful to see that FPAs are now part of the capacity building process and willing to invest in the future of integrated fire management. The SCFPA is putting its money where its mouth is.” said Paul Gerber, fire advisor for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.