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Forestry, Fisheries and Environment welcomes firefighters returning from Canada deployment, 16 Sept

15 Sep 2021

Mission accomplished after reaching out to Canada - firefighters from Working on Fire deployed in Manitoba, set to return home on 16 September 2021

The 109 firefighters and management from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environments’ Working on Fire programme are set to return to South Africa on Thursday, 16 September 2021, after a successful deployment to Manitoba, Canada, where the South Africans assisted provincial firefighting authorities with wildland firefighting efforts.

These firefighters and management left South Africa on 10 August 2021 and at the time of their arrival in Winnipeg, Canada were experiencing high fire dangers, their available wildland fire management resources within the country were exhausted and they were on their highest level, National Preparedness Level 5.

The firefighting divisions were deployed to various active fires in Manitoba from Friday 13 August 2021, Loon Straits in the Eastern Sector and the Cold Lake complex in the Western Sector where multiple fires were burning.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date:     16 September 2021
Time:       7h00
Venue:      Garden Court OR Tambo, 2 Hulley Road, Isando, Kempton Park

TO RSVP:   Linton Rensburg, Cell: 082 508 0990 E-mail:

For media enquiries please contact:
Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871

Linton Rensburg
Cell: 082 508 0990

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