The Wildland Fire Training Center Africa (WFTCA) was founded as a joint venture project between the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and local capacities in the Republic of South Africa in September 2002. The concept of the Training Center was born at the foundation meeting of the Regional Subsahara Wildland Fire Network (AfriFireNet) in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, July 2002. The Training Center cooperates closely with the FAO.
The WFCTAoffers training- and education opportunities for a wide range of fire managers, fire management trainers and extension officers from all African countries south of the Sahara and for international guests, with exposure to large scale prescribed burning operations and fire fighting.
Conservation Fire Management
Forest Fire Management
Advanced Firefighting (Fire Boss level 1,2,3 and Crew Leader)
For further details concerning the courses, dates and locations please do not hesitate to contact the address given below.
Training is organized according to international standards through international experienced instructors and the GFMC. In addition a training course Aerial Attack is offered in cooperation with the local Forest Fire Association (FFA).
Training courses provide basics for planning of…
National Round Tables on Fire…
…and National Fire Management Strategies
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 Parks). Several thousand hectares of wildland and plantations are avialable for large-scale practical training / execution of prescribed burning and fire fighting.
The WFTCA 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 interactive knowledge- and technology-transfer within Africa and on an international scale. The safety and efficiency of firefighting and fire management can be improved dramatically and thereby contribute to reduce the impacts of fire on humans, natural resources, infrastructures and property.
Further Information and Contact:
Alexander C. Held The Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) Fire Ecology Research Group Max Planck Institute for Chemistry c/o Freiburg University P.O. Box D – 79085 Freiburg GERMANY