Cape's Fire and Rescue to review water usage in fighting summer fires

The City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Services says it is reassessing how the current drought will affect the so called fire season this summer.

The City's Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne says officials are working to solidify the directive and call-out procedure which all firefighters will follow.

This year we are going to have to look at our strategy of how we fight and contain these fires.

Theo Layne, station commander and spokesperson for the City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Service

Layne explains that a variety of water sources are used to quell both vegetation and structural fires, including potable and dam water.

There are up to 7 000 vegetation fires every year and Layne explains that the period between 1 November and 30 April is when most of them occur.

During the summer months we respond to a lot more vegetation fires than we do during the rest of the year.

Theo Layne, station commander and spokesperson for the City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Services

Layne says there are many more fires that are much more severe during this time.

The period between 1 November and 30 April is the hottest, driest, windiest months.

Theo Layne, station commander and spokesperson for the City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Service

He explains that collecting sea water damages the infrastructure of water tankers which are made of aluminum.

Take a listen to him explore the factors that affect how water is gathered for firefighting:


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