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Unsung Overberg Heroes: Andy Selfe

Andy is the Fire Management Unit leader for a section of the Elgin Valley. And they’ve had a busy fire season – having to fight four fires over the Christmas weekend alone. But no matter the day or time, Andy is usually first on the scene of a wildfire, and last to leave.

Unsung Overberg Heroes: Richard Middelmann

For Richard Middelmann, there’s a certain satisfaction he feels when a wildfire is finally extinguished. That may be because he learned at an early age of the dangers of fire – and its impact on livelihoods. Today, Richard has …

How the proposed changes to the NVFFA could impact on you

Changes are coming to the National Veld and Forest Fire Act. And as a landowner, these proposed changes could impact on you. As the Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association (goFPA), we’re now asking goFPA members to take a look at …

Already 40 wildfires burn in the Overberg this fire season

The Overberg fire-fighting teams have had to fight nearly 40 wildfires during the 2017/18 fire season to date. The fire season officially started on 1 November 2017. Prior to the launch, fire officials warned that it was likely to be a busy season for...

Find out how your wildfire started

Fire investigation help is now available to members of the Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association (#goFPA).  A team of investigators can help landowners to determine how a veldfire started by collecting factual data on the causes of wildfires/veldfires in the Overberg.

Land users: Prepare for a tough fire season

The Overberg (Overberg District Municipality and Overstrand Local Municipality) is preparing for a challenging fire season. Due to the dry conditions across many parts of the region, fire-fighting teams are on high alert. The fire season officially started in November.


goFPA: Looking back on the 2018/19 fire season(And our preparations now for the next fire season) Looking BackIntroduction: Counting the costs of the fire season The 2018/19 fire season was one of the most difficult ever experienced in the Overberg. During...

Overberg fights three devastating fires

The Overberg region has been hard hit by three major fires in the past week. Two are still burning, with teams still fighting to suppress both fires. The fire on the Denel Overberg Test Range started on Friday 24 February. The fire was ignited following standard missile testing …

A devastating Overberg fire season

The Overberg has experienced 25 major fires since the start of December. Fire-fighting teams battled many of these fires for more than a week. The goFPA is so grateful to everyone who helped to bring these fires under control. from the landowners and farmworkers …

Mario Arends – ‘The dangers of fires’

Meet Mario Arends, the Platoon Commander for the Overberg Fire & Rescue team, based in Bredasdorp. Mario has been fighting fire and saving lives in the area for the past 19 years. So no one knows the dangers of wildfires better than him.




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