New Fire Protection Association to meet

2016-05-12 06:00

A Veld and Forest Awareness Day and a special general meeting of the newly established Sarah Baartman West Fire Protection Association (SBW FPA) are set to take place at the Humansdorp Country Club at 14:00 on May 17.

The day is hosted by the Sarah Baartman West FPA and the Kouga Municipality.

The recently registered SBW FPA is now accepting membership of all landowners in the south western part of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality.

To attend are existing FPA members, farmer associations and any rural private and/ or state landowners who could be affected by wild fires and who would like to find out more about the advantages of becoming a member of the FPA.

On site will be exhibitors of fire fighting equipment, as well as a Working on Fire team.

Background about the SBW FPA

In order to have current registered Fire Protection Associations become more sustainable and financially viable organisations, the major stakeholders in the area decided during 2015 to amalgamate three existing FPA’s situated between Port Elizabeth and the Western Cape border. These were the Thornhill FPA, the Zuuranys FPA and the Baviaans FPA. The new name for the amalgamated FPA’s, the Sarah Baartman West FPA, has now been registered and been approved by DAFF, and all rural landowners in the Kouga, Koukamma and Baviaans Municipalities are encouraged to become a members of the SBW FPA.

“Due to the fact that the original FPA’s in this part were not very active and effective, several landowners from the Eastern Cape had decided to become members of a very effective FPA in the Western Cape, namely the Southern Cape FPA,” says Matt Marell.

“Their support has always been good, and we envisage that we will be able to provide the same service from the Eastern Cape but when this is more beneficial to all, we have agreements with the Southern Cape FPA to ensure that there is no delay in providing assistance during a veld or forest fire.”

The current area of the Sarah Baartman West FPA could possibly still increase at a later stage when other bordering, smaller FPA’s might want to join.

Advantages of becoming a member of the SBW FPA

1. In the case of a fire where a member requires assistance, a Working on Fire Team could be sent to help at a much reduced cost.

2. If assistance is needed in making fire breaks or managing a controlled burn, help will be provided at a reduced cost.

3. The SBW FPA will, on behalf of the members, also ensure that all Parastatal companies and other Government Departments are active and supporting members of the SBW FPA.

4. The FPA will on the behalf of members endeavour to get additional sponsorship for the running of the FPA, in order to keep membership fees to the minimum.

5. A representative of the SBW FPA will represent members at the Eastern Cape Umbrella FPA (ECU FPA).

6. As a member of the ECU FPA the SBW FPA can also benefit from their negotiations for more funding from the relevant Government Departments.

7. South African insurance companies that provide fire and liability insurances, also stipulate that one has to comply with the National Veld and Forest Fire ACT 101, before any compensation will be considered.

For more information, contact Matt Marell at 076 698 9525 or send an email to manager@sbwfpa.co.za.

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