FPA pilots
The 2015 pilots: Brent van Zyl, Ernst Meyer, Kobus Roos, Brian Masters, Wolfie Moll, Deon van Zyl and Kobus van Zyl
Everyone should be well aware of the dangers of fire, which include loss of lives and fauna and flora as well as immense financial losses, especially in the Mkhondo area.

According to fire statistics supplied to the Excelsior News by the FPA (Mkhondo’s Fire Protection Association), an immense number of 127 aerial fires were fought during the 2014 season, whereas the 2015 season totals a mere 27 aerial fires thus far. Even though the FDI (fire danger index) is as high as it is at present, fires don’t seem to appear.

Therefore the executive committee of the FPA would like to thank the community at large – everyone has played their part in restricting the occurrence of fires and the FPA executive committee is very grateful to all. Thank you! Like always, however, although they are very grateful for everybody’s co-operation, they do want to extend a very serious warning towards the community.

Fire protection officer, Graham Wright, requests all individuals to refrain from driving out to fires as it poses serious danger to all uninformed persons. The FPO recently had difficulty persuading private families to leave the scene of a raging fire. Only after he had been in contact with the incident commander, as well as the pilots of the aircraft, could he prove to the private people that they could be trapped in the fire very soon, and they then left. Thank you and keep up the good work, Mkhondo residents, and keep the fires down.

FPA pilots
The 2015 pilots: Brent van Zyl, Ernst Meyer, Kobus Roos, Brian Masters, Wolfie Moll,
Deon van Zyl and Kobus van Zyl