Wildland Fire Training Center Africa

  Wildland Fire Training Center Africa

   (within the ISDR  – United Nations, and AfriFireNet)

The „Wildland Fire Training Center Africa” was founded as a Joint Venture Project between the „Global Fire Monitoring Center” (GFMC) and local capacities in the Republic of South Africa (Chris de Bruno Austin, Alexander Held, Neels de Ronde) in September 2002.
The idea was born at the International Forestry Conference „Wood for Africa” after the implementation of the „Regional Wildland Fire Network, AfriFireNet” in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, July 2002.

Prescribed Burning 

 Fuel Management 

Aerial Attack

The „Wildland Fire Training Center Africa” offers traings- and education opportunities for a wide range of people from all african countries south of the sahara and for international guests, with exposure to large scale prescribe burning operations and fire fighting.

The training programs offered will include:

  • Basic Firefighting

  • Proto Teams

  • Advanced Firefighting (Fire Boss level 1,2,3 and Crew Leader)

  • Prescribed Burning

  • Aerial Attack

  • Incident Command System

  • Wildland Fire Investigation

  • Integrated Fire Management

  • Fire Modeling

  • Fire Monitoring

For further details concerning the courses please contact the address given below.

Training is organized according to international , i.e. mainly american standards through international experienced instructors and the GFMC.
The course „Aerial Attack” can be conducted additionaly in cooperation with the local Forest Fire Association, FFA. 

Round Tables on Fire

Briefing on Fire Situation

The „Wildland Fire Training Center Africa” is located at Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Training will have a strong practically orientated approach, as there are big areas with different vegetation types available for practical training (Farmland, Savanna, Bush, Commercial Forestry Plantations, National Park).
Especially for exposure to the planning and execution of large scale „Prescribed Burning” and related fire fighting training, there are several hundred to several thousand hectares avialable for training.

The „Wildland Fire Training Center Africa” is a unique facility on the african continent for capacity building, training and education of a wide range of people , from a basic firefighter to national and international policy makers.
A major aspect of the Center is its interactiv knowledge- and technology-transfer within Africa and on an international scale.
The safety and efficiency of firefighting and firemanagement can be improved dramatically and thereby reducing the losses of men and material significantly.



Further Information and Contact:

Alexander C. Held
The Global Fire Monitoring Center 
Fire Ecology Research Group
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
c/o Freiburg University
P.O. Box
D – 79085 Freiburg

Tel:    ++49-761-808034
Fax:   ++49-761-808012

Website of the Global Fire Monitoring Center:


Chris Austin
Wildland Fire Training Center Africa
EnviroNET Solutions Pty Ltd
P.O. Box 2792 
Nelspruit 1200 

Tel:     +27-13-7533370
Fax:    +27-13-7551214
Cell:    +27-83 4590 504
e-mail: c.austin@netgroup.co.za

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