Aerial Firefighting

The airwing of the most successful job creation programme, the Working on Fire programme, in South Africa.

Kishugu Aviation has 30 years experience in aerial firefighting and is still growing from strength to strength to save lives, property and the environment.

30 YEARS OF FIGHTING FIRES

The Kishugu Aviation Group has been involved in providing aerial firefighting services to clients for nearly 30 years, the most prominent being through Working on Fire.

Aviation is a highly regulated industry and Kishugu Aviation complies with all the relevant Civil Aviation Authority requirements. This is further supported by aviation maintenance and aviation training to ensure adherence to our strict standards.

WHY CHOOSE WOF AERIAL FIREFIGHTING?

We provide national and international aerial firefighting services with resources focused on Command and Control aircraft, helicopter crews and single engine air tankers. Aircraft are critical tools to help managing wildland fires but must always be used with close collaboration with firefighters on the ground.

The aerial fleet provides delivery of equipment and supplies, deployment of helicopter crews to fires, firefighter transport, reconnaissance of new fires, locations and behaviour, and ignite prescribed fires and deliver foam or retardant drops to slow and contain fires.

Our pilots are considered to be among the best in the world, considering the extremely dangerous and difficult situations they fly in when fighting fires.

WE USE THE BEST AERIAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE

The bulk of our aviation fleet consist of the highly effective AT802 fixed wing bombers, all owned by Kishugu, the UH- 1H Huey helicopter, which is rated the most used and best aerial helicopter in the world, and the Cessna 182s/206s/10 and 207s, used as command and control aircraft.

Aside from our aircraft we also contract in aircraft in various areas to supplement our core capacity where needed. Kishugu provides a wide range of specialist aircraft and highly skilled pilots for our operations or to clients.

VIEW OUR AIRCRAFT FLEET

DISPATCH AND COORDINATION

Dispatch and coordination is a division of Working on Fire (Pty) Ltd, and provides the benchmark for veld and forest fire coordination services, to meet the needs of Government, Fire Protection Association members, partners, landowners and communities.

A dedicated network of 28 dispatch centres, in all nine provinces in South Africa, manage all company resources and allows for immediate and effective deployment in the event of emergency situations.

All employees working with air resources hold a current SACAA Aviation Radio Competency Certificate.

DISPATCH AND COORDINATION SERVICES

  • Equipment checks
  • Daily morning resource status reports
  • Fire Danger Index (FDI) weather monitoring
  • Physical dispatching
  • Air and ground Interactive dispatch centers
  • Fire report, fire status update systems and national operational summary reports via SMS
  • OB book manual upkeep
  • Close operational movements
  • Close movements administratively – FireWeb
  • Fire statistics
  • Government audit support
  • Emergency response plan activation
  • Monitor Advanced Fire Information Systems (AFIS) field terminals for early detection.

Where we operate

Our main facility is located at the Nelspruit Airfield. Our dedicated technicians often travel to various bases in the country to maintain aircraft in the field.

T: +27 13 741 8222
amo@kishugu.com

Our Aviation Head Office is located at the Nelspruit Airfield and can be reached on:
T: +27 13 741 1437

 

Where we operate

Our workshop is located at Nelspruit Airfield. Our dedicated technicians often travel to various bases in the country to maintain aircraft in the field.

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