South Africa The South Africa National Incident Command System (SA ICS) Working Group held a meeting at the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) base in Melkbosstrand. Chaired by Colin Deiner, the meeting brought together relevant industry stakeholders in order to further the national incident command capacity building programme. Deiner provided an update on the finalisation of ICS within SA borders, history of its Terms of Reference and confirming that the SA ICS is now officially a sub-committee of the National Disaster Management Advisory Forum (NDMAF).
Etienne van Bergen of City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue provided feedback from the SA ICS training subcommittee and Lee Raath-Brownie presented an overview of the upcoming 31st SAESI Conference, Exhibition and Training Challenges, highlighting the new challenge that will focus on the incident command system. The new ICS Development Programme will be held for the first time at the SAESI 2017 Conference and Expo at NASREC, Johannesburg and will be developed under the guidance of the SA ICS training committee. Connor Hartnady of University of Johannesburg has been appointed as its representative to the SAESI subcommittee. Details will be available shortly.
Tim Murphy of the US Forest Services provided a brief overview of the SA USAID training project with phase 2 which comes to an end in April 2017. Murphy requested input from stakeholders with regards to a possible phase 3 to expand the program in southern Africa.
Dean Ferreira of NCC Environmental Services provided an overview of the recent SA incident management teams study tour to the USA. The SA incident management team consisted of Philip Prins of SANParks, Pierre Gallagher of Cape Peninsula Fire Protection Association, Dean Ferreira of NCC Environmental Services and Michelle Kleinhans of Dynamic Incident Management, who visited the US on 15 to 26 August 2016.
SA ICS now has its own dedicated website sponsored by Fire and Rescue International. Visit www.saics.org.
A more detailed article will be published in Fire and Rescue International.