Why do people set farms alight? What is going to be done about it and by who?

Drakenstein Farm Watch

Why do people set farms alight? What is going to be done about it and by who?
Why do people set farms alight? What is going to be done about it and by who? Photo: DFW

Fast response of the privately funded volunteer fire brigade team of the Drakenstein Farm Watch (DFW) in Paarl, prevented a disaster in the making. On 4 February 2021, the DFW fire and rescue emergency control room was alerted by the residents of Ashantie Farm in Paarl, in the Western Cape province of South Africa, regarding a startup fire on the dam banks and adjoining fields.

The DFW fire crew responded immediately and fire fighting partners Cape Winelands fire brigade were notified, just in case. The DFW launched 1 SUV and the DFW Tata 4×4 fire truck with its water cannon.

Knowing the terrain was key in this case and within 4 min the fire suppression started, preventing the fire to reach the precious farm crops.

The DFW attends to between two and three hundred startup fires per season and the fast response is the key to success. In 5 minutes the fire was brought under control with the water canons of the heavy 4×4 truck.

DFW fire and rescue emergency control 0860666662.

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