Provincial Umbrella Fire Protection Associations (UFPA’s) have
been established and recognized in terms of the National Veld
& Forest Fire Act 101 of 1998 (NVFFA), to facilitate and
coordinate fire prevention, control and suppression measures
and related risks within the respective provinces and amongst
their affiliated regional FPAs. The Provincial Umbrella FPAs
will in the future look at the establishment of a National
umbrella fire protection entity to be known as the South African
Umbrella Fire Protection Association (SAUFPA).
In order to realize the establishment of the SAUFPA
, a National Veld & Forest Fire Protection
Advisory Forum (the Forum) has been established by
Provincial UFPAs which in the interim will facilitate a
coordinated approach to fire risk management in respect of
aerial and ground operations throughout South Africa, in turn
ensuring Provincial Umbrella FPA’s achieve common standards with
regard to overall aerial and ground operations - awareness,
training, prevention and control.
The Provincial Umbrella FPAs participating in the Forum are:
- Eastern Cape UFPA
- Free State UFPA
- Gauteng UFPA
- Kwazulu-Natal FPA
- Limpopo FPA
- Mpumalanga FPA
- North West UFPA
- Northern Cape UFPA
Current stakeholders participating in the Forum:
- Working on Fire (Dept. of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is the Custodian of the Programme)
Custodian of National Veld & Forest Fire Act
- Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF)
The Forum will steer and assist DAFF, or it’s appointed agents,
in the implementation and fulfilment of the National Veld & Forest
Fire Act to enable effective implementation of integrated fire
management through the formal structures of registered Fire
Protection Associations (FPA’s)
The Forum will work closely with national and provincial government
structures, as well as other fire related service providers and
stakeholders and will always test its activities against the
fundamentals of serving the landowners (FPA’s and their members)
and the intentions of the NVFFA.
Purpose of the Forum:
To provide a platform for Provincial UFPA discussion and participation in integrated fire management issues;
Actively participate in issues related to integrated fire management and aerial and ground resources within South Africa, networking closely with DAFF, DEA (WoF), all FPA’s and other relevant institutions.
Evaluate and monitor impacts of fire on land use, and facilitate the development of appropriate resources to reduce such impacts within each UFPA area of operation.
Assist in the compilation of documents in respect integrated fire management - providing proposals and plans that may improve aerial and ground operations.
Facilitate and co-ordinate fire related training for the benefit of the UFPA’s and their respective members.
Evaluate and guide the implementation of national and provincial fire related equipment and resources (ground and aerial) for the benefit of the UFPA’s and their respective members
Facilitate, evaluate and guide the implementation of integrated communication, veld & forest fire information, management systems and standard operating procedures, relative to the duties and obligations of UFPA’s and FPA’s.
Facilitate the provision of information, statistics and feedback in relation to integrated fire management issues to UFPA’s, their members and relevant stakeholders.
To facilitate the overall strategic direction and planning in terms of the obligations in respect of UFPA’s, as contained within the NVFFA and related policies and regulations.
Aims of the Forum
To facilitate standard agreements with common FPA stakeholders at National & Provincial levels.
To coordinate, guide and align advocacy and awareness programs nationally.
To support and contribute to continuous development of national competencies and training packages to meet legislative requirements.
To take a leading role in influencing all public and private entities whose decision making processes affect veld & forest fire safety.
To support strategic corporate and non-corporate stakeholders through networking with government departments, trade organisations, international fire protection associations and or agencies, to promote South African integrated fire management practices and expertise. To promote sustainable, equitable and efficient common integrated fire management principles within South Africa for the benefit of all UFPA’s, FPA’s and respective landowners.
To develop trust amongst all UFPA’s, FPA’s and all role-players and stakeholders, and to promote co-operative governance amongst all stakeholders and authorities.
To facilitate and align national integrated fire management strategies.
To supply incident command specialists or support and coordination between UFPA’s and other fire-fighting agencies during escalating veld & forest fire conditions.
To facilitate the funding for implementation of integrated fire management needs for UFPA’s and their affiliated FPA’s, as per the NVFFA.
To facilitate the formation of a centralized knowledge base. To facilitate and enhance the quality of FPA auditing standards.
To review and influence all relevant legislative amendments pertaining to the NVFFA and other relevant legislation.