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What are Fire Management Units, or FMUs?

Fire Management Units are small groups of members in a localised area in which Integrated Fire Management efforts between individual landowners can be most effectively coordinated.

FMU meetings

These meetings are arranged together with the FMU leadership and are facilitated by the goFPA. Annual meetings of members of an FMU should be arranged to put pre-fire season plans in place.

Typical items to discuss are:

Integrated Fire Management Planning:


  • High risk area discussion, planning & mapping.
  • List all the relevant phone numbers of all the land owners/managers in the FMU and their firefighting equipment.
  • Draw up a map of available water filling points and access points.
  • Discuss communal and strategic fire breaks, and encourage all to cooperate in the preparation of fire breaks.
  • The latest insurance requirements for public liability claims.
  • Training



  • Swop keys to gates that will allow access to neighbours (if required).
  • Understand how to maximize/optimize the use of the goFPA and the fire department.
  • Look into the efficiency and cost of air support insurance.
  • Implement a fast reaction plan to try and put fires out as early as possible.
  • Discuss possible “back burning” strategies and positions in the case of a bad runaway fire.

Please contact the goFPA on or 028 425 1690 to find out which FMU you belong to and who your leader is.


LCES: Your wildfire defence strategy

LCES: Your wildfire defence strategy

At EVERY fire you participate in fighting, PLEASE bear this acronym in mind: LCES. It’ll help you to stay safe. It’s one of the most important defence strategies against an unpredictable wildfire. LCES must be updated and amended as the fire’s behaviour and movements change.

Grain farmers: Be extra vigilant against wildfires in 2020

Grain farmers: Be extra vigilant against wildfires in 2020

Overberg grain farmers face huge potential economic losses should a wildfire pass through their farm before their grain is harvested. Fires on grainlands burn notoriously quickly and, given the way they burn, they can create several lines that can trap those




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