VKLM FIRE

 

The portal for public information to residents within the Victor Khanye Municipal area on safety

 

Sunday, 21 January 1900
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Legal stuff:

 

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By notice from the Webmaster

With the FDI being Yellow, the FDI score is 58 for today, above the threshold of 45. Firebreaks / controlled burning is not recommended for today, a contributing factor is the high winds and gusts expected throughout the day.

 

No burn permits will be issued for the next few days.

DELMAS FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION

 

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE VICTOR KHANYE MUNICIPAL FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUMMARY OF D-FPA RULES IN RELATION TO FIRES

 

1.  No fires are to be made INCLUDING FIRES FOR PREPARING FIRE BREAKS without a burning permit or approval from the FPO.

2.  Fire rating is to be checked, before planning firebreaks or burning down of lands.

3.  Firebreaks may not be done in the mornings, only from late afternoons.

4.  If lands need to be burned down, the FPO approve as per (1).

5.  Firebreaks must be preferably completed by the end of June each year.

6.  Open fires of any nature are prohibited during an incomming cold front.

7.  If you are not on the farm/plot you need to elect a representative, delegate a responsible person.

8.  It is your responsibility to own fire fighting equipment.

9.  It is your responsibility to extinguish fires on your farm/plot.

10. It is your responsibiity to report fires to the FPO, even if it was small and was extinguished.

 

PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION OF BURN PERMIT

 

1. Obtain an application form from the links above, alternatively you can write the application and provide space for neighbours to sign;

2. Discuss your intentions with your neighbours, indicating the date/s of your intended burn operation and ensure you and your neighbours are aware of the risks.

    Let them sign the appication indicating support or objection;

3. Forward the application to the Fire Protection Officer(FPO) or Chairperson or the FPA. (email to use is either admin@vklmfire.co.za or firechief@vklmfire.co.za )

4. The merrits will be evalauted and assurance made that all measures to control the operation are in place and if found to be inorder;

5. The burning permit will be issued for the dates as indicated on application after the FPO is satisfied, with any additional requirements as set by the FPO.

 

 

In addition to this, the neighbourhood watch groups that have their own firefighting skid units and are eager to perform fire fighting functions are not registered as fire services and are not covered under any Fire or Disaster Management legislation or regulations, and is acting on their own initiative, and not under the authority of the Fire Department. These groups are not affiliated with the Fire Department, nor the Fire Protection Association.

 

Being a member of the neighbourhood watch is for safety and security purposes under the relevant legislation for that function, which does not include the functions of emergency response nor fire fighting, and DOES NOT provide automatic membership to the FPA. The requirements of the FPA states clearly that land owners that are paid up members of the FPA have privilages and access to FPA benefits, any available resources are for use by members only. Land owners that are not paid up members of the local FPA therefore are excluded from any such benefits and therefore will be treated as non-compliant land owners.

 

Therefore, in short, to have full benefits to the resources and privilages of the Delmas Fire Protection Association and compliance to legislation, the LAND OWNER/OCCUPANT must become a member, not the Neighborhood watch as an entity. They may, when all members have registered as FPA members become an administrative agent to ensure the rules of the FPA are adhered to and assist on that level, but this does not give them authoritive powers, nor permissions for the use of unauthorized Red and Green emergency lights. (On this, Section 175 and 185 apply Mutatis Mutandis and is considered as a criminal activity, that may result in the impounding of such vehicle under the relevant legislations.)

 

The Fire Department does not take or accept any resonsibility nor accountability for any damages caused by these groups(nor will the Department give such instructions unless a fire crew are also at that area). Any claims for damages to property or fencing caused by these groups must be taken up through the appropriate channels, DO NOT involve the Fire Department nor the Delmas Fire Protection Association. (For notification, any damages caused in the execution of the duties of the Fire Department during the fighting of a fire or other emergency is under the direct instruction of the Chief Fire Officer under the Fire Brigade Services Act (At 99 of 1987, as ammended)

 

Ignorance is not an excuse in the eyes of the Law

 

Kindly take note that the Delmas Fire Protection Associations' annual membership fees for 2020 is payable from 1 April 2020. Many members did not pay their 2018 or 2019 membership fees, their membership and associated privilages will be revoked during the comming AGM 

 

Defaulted members can still pay their membership fees for 2018 and 2019 to be eligible for any benefits from the FPA. Rules will be applied strictly.

 

Follow the link for the fees and banking details.

 

The existing members can pay their fees per EFT directly, using their membership numbers or Initials and Surname as reference.

 

New members can obtain the application form here. They can submit through email or in person at the FPO. If payment is made electronically, please use your Initials and Surname as on the application form in order to link them, the forms need to be submitted to the FPO directly or via email (admin@vklmfire.co.za).

 

Certificates of membership registration will be mailed to you if we have an up to date email address, or can be collected with arrangement with the FPO (Chief Fire Officer).

 

The 2020 Grassfire Season is approaching again. Farm and plot owners are advised that it is a requirement to have fire breaks in place, failure can cause serious financial consequences. Look at the activities page for guidelines.

 

Once the 2020 fire season kicks off the daily Fire Danger Index for the Victor Khanye Municipality will be displayed on this page. It will be updated daily before 10:00.

 

Please feel free to browse through the pages for more information related to the Delmas Fire Protection Association as well as current news on the FPA front, the links are available at the top under the "D-FPA Sub-Menu" dropdown.

 

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 
Community Notice:
 
 
Residents within the urban areas also need to take serious note that it is unlawful to burn, instruct to burn garden refuse without written permission. Burning garden refuse on the sidewalk or empty erven also falls under this. If found conducting such operations, the owner may be held accountable and may be issued with a fine of up to R 5 000.00 and a fire service call-out fee.
 
A firm warning, aggressiveness or arrogance from property owners will be treated as hostile and such instances will be referred to the courts without prejudice.
 
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Save the following somewhere to be reached quickly: Inform the Victor Khanye Municipal Head of Disaster Management at 083 377 3532 of any incidents that may occur due to adverse weather. Please indicate area affected, the type of incident and any damages that may have occured. (Communication may also be through SMS or Whatsapp)
 
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Remember, and this is imperative:
 
If a grassfire starts on your property and burn into another, you as owner/responsible occupant can and will be held liable for any claims resulting from the fire. You can be held liable for any and all costs from response, damages, including any court judgements.
 
Please be carefull and report grassfires to the Fire Department (013 665 3333) or the FPO (083 377 3532) immediately.
 
Remember, the responsibility to act quickly on discovery of a grassfire REMAINS that of the owner / occupant.
 
Negligence or failure to act may result in some serious claims or court time, and upon being found guilty charged with a fine from R 5 000 upwards plus settlements of claims.
 
 
Be responsible !!

DELMAS FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION

 

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE VICTOR KHANYE MUNICIPAL FIRE DEPARTMENT

Delmas FPA membership renewals are open. Members are reminded to pay their memberships.

 

A new Management Committee must be elected, but for this to be done, we require paid-up members to nominate other paid-up members for the committee. Nomination forms will be available from end of May 2020.

 

2020 Fire Prohibition have been published.

NOTICES

FIRE DANGER INDEX INFORMATION BOARD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

To all visitors and members

 

This page is an information page.

For compliance, the official communication and publishing language will be English.

Unfortunaltely, due to limited space and time, we cannot accomodate translating the information.

 

Some of the official documentation of the D-FPA is however still available in English and Afrikaans on the download links provided.

 

Thank you for understanding

The following land owners have paid their 2020 memberships and are registered

ARE YOUR THATCH ROOF BUILDINGS PROTECTED?

 

As part of grass fire preparedness, make sure that your thatch roof structures are treated, or measures have been put in place.

 

Now that the grassfire season is over, your responsibility does not end, if you have not treated your thatch, now is the time to start preparing for that for the next season. Also note that lightning threats will also now have a challenge.

 

Remember: Thatch roofs are HIGHLY flammable and not treating them can cause your insurance to repute your claim...

Recently the question was asked:

 

A neighbour burnt garden refuse on their plot and this resulted in the burning down of an entire block of grassland. The owner of the property said that the property are rented out and that he had no control or responsibility over what happened. What can we do to prevent this from happening again this year.

 

First of all, what does the National Veld- and Forest Fire Act (101/98){NVFFA} state in terms of responsibility;

1: Chapter 4 places a duty on owners to prepare and maintain firebreaks.

2: Chapter 5 places a duty on all owners to acquire equipment and have available personnel to fight fires.

 

Now lets see what the definition of an owner is according to this Act:

 

"Owner": (a) a lessee or other person who controls the land in question in terms of a contract, testamentary document, law of order or a high court"

 

Based on this, first and foremost, the owner remains responsible to ensure that firebreaks and the required fire prevention and firefighting measures are in place on the property in terms of Chapters 4 and 5 of the NVFFA to prevent a fire from spreading from the property or into such property, if the owner included into the lease agreement that the lessee must ensure such, then the lessee becomes the responsible "owner" as per the definition.

 

But this blade cuts both ways, if the adjacent "owner" did not ensure the compliance of chapters 4 and 5 and a fire spread into his property, a civil or loss claim may be rejected by the courts based on non-compliance on the claimant's side.

 

The best advice that can be given is that the "owners" need to discuss the matters and ensure that compliance measures is mutually put in place and that the rules in relation to burning on a property is adhered to, especially during the winter season where a fire prohibition has been proclaimed. {See the summary of rules at the bottom of this page}

Future Information related to the daily Fire Danger Index will be displayed here

Land owners, Please take note:

 

With the late rains we were blessed with and the unfortunate COVID-19 outbreak, also comes a risk that needs to be taken into your plans.

 

The grass fields dried out vaster than anticipated as a result of the sudden cold weatehr and in some places the grass is very tall, this means that most of the grass are curing and a faster pace and this will increase the fire load for the winter fire season.

 

With this said, and to prevent the outbreak of serious or uncontrollable grassfires, we urge all to start budgeting or preparing to maintain these risks by ensuring that fire breaks are prepared properly and that the tall grass next to fire breaks be cut/slashed short for additional protection to prevent grassfires spreading to or from neighboring properties.

 

Within residential areas, vacant stands that are not maintained will be assessed and owners will be receiving compliance notices.

MEMBER NAME D-FPA member Certificate Number for 2020
C Henning 001/2020
T brooks & K Badenhorst 002/2020
Victor Khanye Local Municipality 003/2020
ID de Lange 004/2020
East Rand Milk Supliers (J Lang) 005/2020
DW Louwies 006/2020
Dr. GDP Prinsloo 007/2020
FJ Rappard 008/2020
HM Rensburg (Rensburg Trust) 009/2020
SJM Swanepoel 010/2020
JA van der Merwe 011/2020
J van Heerden 012/2020
JG Prinsloo 013/2020
Ds. PJ Roets 014/2020

The SAWS Forecast a Yellow FDI (High Fire danger) for today.

 

The maximum forecasted temperature will reach approximately 18 degrees (Average) with a predominantly moderate to strong Westerly wind during the day. 

 

The day being sunny.

 

Maximum wind speeds of up to 18 Km/h or higher can be expected during the day.

 

Humidity levels will drop to 20%.

 

CONTROLLED BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR TODAY

 

 

The forecasted weather can be found on the Home page for today. If required, more detailed weather information would be posted here

 

 

D-FPA Annual General Meeting:

 

 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the subsequent lockdown of South Africa, we cannot set a date for the AGM.

 

However, the day management team's term have lapsed and a new day management needs to be elected. Currently we need all memebrs to bring their membership up to date and then request a nomination form for nominating the positions on the day management team.

 

The rules are clear, you cannot be eligible to sit on the committee if you are not a paid-up member in good standing. You cannot nominate a person not a paid-up member of the D-FPA and you cannot nominate or vote for a member to sit on the committee if you yourself are not a paid-up member. 

 

We plead with all, lets pay our membership fees and lets make the efforts of prevention and management our own.

UPCOMMING D-FPA MEETINGS

Take note: the published Fire Prohibition's intention is to prevent the outbreak of runaway fires from improper actions.

It is stated clearly that operations may continue, but a burn permit must be obtained in order to regulate and ensure safety is in place. Please read the prohibition conditions attentively

Applicant              Area                             Date of intended burn operations

/ Permit Number

 

AM Holtshauzen       Plot 125 Eloff                25 to 31 May 2020

P01-2020

Mr. A van der Merwe Farm Steenkoolspruit   01 to 05 June 2020

P02-2020

Me. DJB Barel          Plot 202, Road Eloff       02 to 04 June 2020

P03-2020

Mr. F. Hoffman        Farm Moabsvelden         02 to 03 June 2020

P04-2020

Mr. I de Lange         Farm Steenkoolspruit     02 to 07 June 2020

P05-2020                  and Enkelbosh

Mr.P Labuschagne       Farm Kromdraai         05 to 08 June 2020

P06-2020

Mr. A ven der Merwe Farm Steenkoolspruit    15 to 19 June 2020

P07-2020

Mr GDP Prinsloo       Farm Syferfontein          15 to 20 June 2020

P08-2020

Mr. H Claassen         Farm Rietkuil                 24 to 28 June 2020

P09-2020

Mr. J Parsons           Farm Olifantsfontein       29 - 30 June 2020

P10-2020

Mr. I. Bestetr           Road reserve Plot 90&91 30 June 2020

P11-2020               Leeuwpoort (Q4 Fuels)

Mr. B v d Merwe       266 Thomas Str              01 July 2020

P12-2020                 (Empty Erf)

Mr. PJ Roets             Road reserve - Farm       03 - 04 July 2020

P13-2020                 Couwenburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

BURN PERMITS APPROVED AND ISSUED FROM 1 JUNE 2020