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After a 34-day mission combating wildfires in Alberta, Canada, the Mzanzi 1 Hotshots team of the Working on Fire (WOF) Programme has returned home to South Africa.
The Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment’s Working on Fire Programme’s second contingent of firefighters and managers – the Mzanzi 2 Hotshots – left for Canada today.
A team of 200 firefighters and 15 managers from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment’s Working on Fire Programme left South Africa today on a fire suppression mission to the province of Alberta, Canada. #MZANZI1 departed from the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) on a chartered aircraft, on a deployment expected to last for 35 days.
Held bi-annually each year, pre-season training camps are essential for firefighting pilots to prepare for the Winter and Summer fire seasons.