The Newlands station is the original and founding Volunteer Wildfire Services station. It is well-established and has over 200 members volunteering their time as part of a very effective firefighting unit. The Newlands station shares its base with the SANParks fire management offices, and assists Table Mountain National Park in fighting wildfires. Newlands crews not only fight wildfires in the Cape Peninsula but are often called upon to assist with firefighting efforts further afield in the Boland and Overberg, alongside our Stellenbosch and Helderberg crews, or even further afield.
Newlands base is home to our Incident Command System Planning Section, vital to the functioning of our firefighting efforts. Our “Planners”, when at work, are able to plot, map and run our firefighting efforts down to the smallest detail, which helps us create a well-oiled firefighting effort. Post fires, our planning section helps provide detailed maps of fires, which allows the Park to track veld ages, an important concern for conservation of fynbos. Our vehicle fleet, stationed at the back of our base, includes offroad and onroad crew transporters, skid units and support vehicles, all ready and waiting to respond at a moment’s notice.
Our base is located at the bottom of Newlands Forest just below the helipads and above the M3. If you would like to find out more about the VWS, be it to join as a member or just out of interest for what we do and who we are, please feel free to contact our station management team on firstname.lastname@example.org.