Ndlambe prepared for fire season
Ndlambe Fire and Emergency Services Manager Mervyn Sauls says their teams are well prepared for the start of the Ndlambe fire season.
“Operations personnel receive lectures on firefighting techniques and tools. Fire department vehicles are maintained for effective and immediate response and all fire department personnel are fully trained in their firefighting ability,” Sauls told Talk of the Town.
“Fire pumps and fittings are checked for operational efficiency at each shift change, burning permits are issued and monitored by the fire department for wildland fires, especially in rural areas and firm,” he said.
Sauls said the fire services were also prepared when it came to preventing fires in the built-up areas of Ndlambe.
“We have continuous fire prevention inspections that are carried out in the industrial sector, particularly commercial premises, for compliance and public safety and continuous inspections of fire hydrants are carried out throughout the municipal area of Ndlambe “, did he declare.
Sauls said firefighters from the Working on Fire team had undergone refresher training in Tsitsikamma in preparation for the fire season, which ensures that their fitness levels are maintained.
“A fire transport vehicle is secured to take the Working on Fire team to community-reported wildfires,” he said.
Ndlambe Fire and Emergency Service readiness follows the fire ban period notice from Sarah Baartman District Municipality and the Eastern Cape Provincial Disaster Management Centre. The advisory sets out the conditions for burning, or open fires, during the region’s veld fire season with respect to the prevailing drought conditions in the province.
For the Commune of Ndlambe, the period of prohibition is from Tuesday November 1 to February 28, 2023.
According to the advisory, burning will be permitted under the following strict conditions:
- Local municipal fire chiefs must approve all burning operations in accordance with their respective burn permit systems.
- In the absence of a fire chief, the local fire protection association fire protection officer must approve all burning operations in accordance with their respective burn permit system and safety regulations community.
- Landowners must apply at least seven (7) days prior to the burn for pre-approval.
- Final approval for the burn must be obtained on the day of the proposed burn.
- All riparian property owners must be notified of burning operations in accordance with the National Veldt and Forest Fires Act (Act 101 of 1998) (NVFFA).
- NVFFA requires all property owners to put in place all necessary precautions to prevent a fire from spreading or causing damage.
10 safety tips for residents from the Ndlambe Sauls Fire Chief:
- Don’t make a fire if you can’t control it.
- In accordance with our fire safety regulations, any fire larger than a braai requires a burning permit which you can obtain from the Fire Services Section on Bathurst Street, Port Alfred.
- Immediately report fires to the fire department so that we can respond immediately to the number: 046-624-1111
- Make sure the vegetation in your yard does not pose a fire threat to your neighbour.
- Make sure if you have a thatched house that it is treated with a fire retardant to prevent the spread of fire.
- Dispose of waste from yard cleanup in landfills, not on vacant lots and sidewalks.
- Cut vegetation such as tree branches should be removed after cutting and not left on site. Dry vegetation is a fire threat to you and the neighbor.
- Regularly clean your gutters because dry leaves accumulate there and can spread a fire near your home. It will also help with summer rain flooding.
- Teach children not to play with matches because it can burn down your house.
- Do not leave pans on the stove unattended. This is one of the causes of house fires in our region.
During fire season, the public is urged to be extremely vigilant and report any fires to 046-624-1111.