Fire season is again threatening rural and farm dwellers on the West Rand.
Fire-breaks have to be burned by end of June but the burning often gets out of hand and owners and workers alike suffer burns because they used the wrong techniques.
Mogale City Fire Protection Associations (FPA), Working on Fire and West Rand District Municipality are concerned that many landowners and farm tenants will be at risk of losing their lives, livestock and property if they don’t have family-oriented plans to deal with rampant fires racing across the veld towards their homes this winter.
Luckily the dynamic, community-oriented Magaliesburg FPA has listened to community needs and activated various local businesses and organisations to present a fun-filled information and training day for landowners and their families on Saturday, 25 May 2019.
Working on Fire members and local caregivers trained by the NPO Benjiflo will be present to meet the community, share their expertise and offer their skills and services where they are needed.
Panic kills old and young regardless of how much they are loved. During a fire every person on the premises is at risk and must have the security of knowing how they fit into the family emergency plan; what the emergency priorities are; what they have to do to stay safe; and how to activate community help at every stage of the fire emergency.
Every landowner should register as a member of the local Fire Protection Association and their small annual contributions help to provide the fire equipment and workers needed to help them protect their lives and properties in a fire emergency.
However, most landowners do not know anything about how to join or participate in an FPA, which leaves them at risk and unprepared when their lives are threatened. Hence the FPA Information Day to provide guidance in a relaxed but structured way aimed at making even small children comfortable with dealing with danger. Kids who suffer information overload will find lots of fun board games and refreshments available to keep them going. An area in Magaliesburg like Hartebeestfontein will not allow a landowner to join the FPA if he/she does not adhere to the legislation. The Hartebeestfontein area does not allow firebreak BURNING by anyone unless equipped and trained to do it safely, due to many wildfires in the past caused by inexperienced and under-equipped landowners trying to burn firebreaks.
Dads will be guided on back-burning and how best to drive 4x4’s across their farms with water-based fire-fighting units.
Mums and children will also learn how to deal with bush-fires as a family. Whole families need to know the elements of dealing with trauma in burn victims (offered by Netcare 911) and how to care for the aged and injured after fires. Advice will be given on medical first-aid kits suitable for burn injuries. Blowers and back-burners will be demonstrated for those who want to acquire their own fire-fighting equipment.
Protests and riots have become common events. Magaliesburg is community-oriented in its socially integrated approach to fire safety, so West Rand Community Police Forum members will be attending to benefit from a Krugerdorp Fire Department demonstration of scene safety during car and tyre fires.
This FPA event is aimed at saving local lives and protecting rural properties.
Nedbank is supporting the day as part of their Proud of My Town campaign.
The local Hervormde church is supplying the venue and will sell refreshments as a fund-raiser towards the costs of their own community projects.
Landowners are requested to register their interest by contacting Ryan Marsden at 083 324 2651 or Ryan@magaliesburgdevelopment.com