Southern Cape Fire Protection Association




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Southern Cape Fire Protection Association
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Southern Cape Fire Protection Association

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The Southern Cape Fire Protection Association (SCFPA) established in 2007, is a section 21 Non Profit Organisation (NPO), which operates in an area bounded by the Karoo National Park to the North, Tsitsikamma in the East, and Witsand in the West.

It’s primary objectives seek to (a) empower local communities in assisting them to become more aware of the risks of fire, (b) capacitate them to act proactively to reduce the hazards and vulnerability of assests, and (c) allow them to act as a first response to fire emergencies. In doing so, communities become safer and are more prepared in the event of a fire emergency. Through the creation of an enabling framework and greater awareness, fewer ignitions will result in less spread and easier suppression of veld fires.

Natural areas inherently pose an increased risk to fire, and are subject to the activities of the communities and other land use practices on the borders of these areas. It is in the interest of reducing these fire risks that the SCFPA operates.  The SCFPA’s primary goal is to establish Fire Management Units (FMU) in priority areas as identified by an Integrated Fire Management Plan. The SCFPA seeks to facilitate the establishment of FMU’s, in which have been identified according to their fire risk, which are bordered by fire breaks, either natural or man-made, and manage fire in an ecologically sound manner.

  • The setting up of FMU institutional arrangements.
  • A risk assessment of hazards, assets and resource levels.
  • The development of fire management plans.  Assimilation of the spatial data in terms of fire breaks and fuel hazard reduction measures which are to be supplied to the District Municpalities to be captured into a central database.
  • Fire fighting team recruitment, training and equipping.
  • Awareness and training of residents in terms of fuel reduction (including Invasive Alien Plant control), "firescaping", fire boss, etc
  • Identification of access and escape routes.

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Southern Cape Fire Protection Association

· Private Bag X12, Knysna 6570
· Tel: 044 302 6912
· Fax: 086 616 1682

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