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South Peninsula officially opens new base

Volunteer Wildfire Services opens a new base dedicated to the South Peninsula Frequent wildfires are becoming more erratic and intense in the Western Cape. Therefore a dedicated base with quick response capabilities will make the difference between containment, or large-scale damage and loss to local communities who live in Cape Town’s South Peninsula. On Saturday …

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Heart FM Interview with Aleks Jablonska

Aleks Jablonska, pictured centre right with arms raised, a seasoned firefighter from Newlands Firebase spoke to Heart FM’s Aiden Thomas. Listen this inspiring woman talk about why she joined the VWS and what it means to her to give back to the community.

Cape Talk Interview – Fire Risk Assessment

VWS Chairperson Jon-Jon Emary spoke to John Maytham about the Fire Risk Assessment which was done using funding received from the public through direct support and the Primedia Radiothon. The VWS was able to make funding available for an extensive 18-month risk assessment to be done on the entire westward of the Cape Peninsula, the majority of which is covered by the Table Mountain National Park.

SPS Station’s new base taking shape

Working together with the Noordhoek community and the Chapman’s Peak Neighbourhood Watch, our South Peninsula Station, also known as VWS SPS, has found a new base at the Noordhoek Community Centre.

Over the past two or so months, the VWS with the project lead by SPS, have started renovations and upgrades at the community centre so that we can be ready and settled-in before the next fire season starts towards the end of October 2018.

Holding the line

There is no dignified way to come off a mountain in the dark, with a howling gale gusting up to 60km/h, on a perilously steep descent with uncertain footing, fighting your way through chest-high fynbos.

Your mode of perambulation is like an 18-month-old late-walking baby, who stands up for the first time, and lurches from place to place, on the very edge of balance, yet miraculously remains upright.

Jennifer Fill

When American postdoctoral student and volunteer firefighter Jen Fill’s kit and uniform were stolen out of the boot of her car in Stellenbosch earlier in January, her first thought was not: ‘Am I safe?’, ‘Where is my other stuff?’ or ‘Is my car damaged?’ It was: ‘I need to replace everything as soon as possible …

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Fiery bestseller raises R400 000 for essential services

The Cape Aflame Project, a citizen-led initiative born of the March 2015 Muizenberg wildfire that ravaged the Central Section of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), destroyed several homes across the Cape Peninsula and caused injury to several firefighters, donated R400 000 to four Cape-based essential-service organisations at a function held at TMNP’s Newlands Fire Base …

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