In the summer of 2015/2016 the first Specialised Wildfire Interagency Ground Crew was introduced into the South African wildfire industry. Conceived and created by Vulcan Wildfire Management, who secured a partnership with the Fire and Rescue Services Directorate of the Western Cape Government’s Provincial Disaster Management, this was recognised as a much needed fresh approach to the development of specialist ground crews. Modelled on the US Hotshot and Australian RAFT crews, Vulcan adapted the best elements of both to suite the local South African industry. While the purpose of the crew is fire suppression during the summer months, the overall aim of the Specialist crew concept is to increase the successful implementation of Integrated Fire Management throughout the year and reduce the risks associated with wildfires that landowners face. Core to Vulcan’s vision and mission is the development of true career paths in an industry, which for too long, has seen the ground crew as basic labour.
For more information visit www.vulcanwildfire.co.za.
Tracks – “Hunger” by Hans Zimmer, “The Lisbon Maru” by the Fuck Buttons, “Ngud’” by Kwesta, “It’s Not Me” by Goat.
All tracks available on iTunes.
I am a wildland firefighter and care about people being able to protect their homes, property and livelihood. This video tells an important story about Integrated Fire Management, and while this is not a very exciting sounding term, it is a vital aspect of being able to protect all you hold dear when a wildfire is raging close to your property. This video highlights this by interviewing a home owner who lost their home to an ember storm during a wildfire incident in the Cape Peninsula and shows how an entire home can be lost because of one small ember landing in the wrong place.
The Question: Live in the Moment and suck the marrow from Life, or just let time slide by?
As a Photographer I wanted to move beyond the still frame. This, one of my first attempts, was a collaboration with fantastic DP Will Bex. We grabbed a 16mm, some rolls of film, a couple of test lenses and spent a day driving around London (and a day in the studio) finding people and places to film that resonate with the words narrated over the visuals.
My website http://www.patrickryanimages.com/
Will’s website http://www.willbex.com/