Photo Credit: Volunteer Wildlife Service

Volunteer firefighters gave it their all over the weekend to keep wildfires under control; the Volunteer Wildfire Service gave thanks to these selfless men and women, for all the hard work.


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South Africa (14 February 2023) – The Volunteer Wildlife Service volunteers spent the weekend keeping a watchful eye on fire zones in Steenbras Nature Reserve and Hottentos Holland Nature Reserve. The volunteers are being praised for giving up their weekends to protect the area from spreading fires.

The Volunteer Wildlife Service has been operational since 1999/2000 when a devastating wildfire took over Cape Town. Since then, the team has grown to 200 volunteers that operate from stations in Newlands, Stellenbosch, South Peninsula and Helderberg. The work the team does, changes lives! Over the years, they have accumulated over 56,000 active firefighting hours between members and stations.

The team have had a busy weekend and everyone worked really hard. Honouring their hard work and sharing thanks, is one of the ways Capetonians are giving back. The comment section on the page is filled with encouragement and thanks for the team’s effort.

“Sundays are usually time spent with friends and family, but these men and women willingly give of their time to protect this beautiful place we call home.

We have had multiple crews being dispatched to assist our partners with multiple fires.

Our crews from all 4 stations NWL/SPS/STB/HDB, have spent 10-12 hour deployments battling through tough conditions, heat and steep terrain.

We have additional teams heading out tonight and wish them luck. Keep safe!”

If you would like to support the team, you can do so via the website here.

Sources: Volunteer Wildlife Services
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