The Eastern Cape Umbrella Fire Protection Association (ECUFPA) is established in terms of the National Veld & Forest Fire Act 101 of 1998 as an Umbrella Association to facilitate FPA participation in the management of fire and related risks within Eastern Cape and is governed by an Executive Committee.

 

What is ECUFPA? 

 

ECUFPA is a not-for-profit association governed by an Executive Committee, run by a permanent staff in its Stutterheim-based provincial office and represented in each region by a registered FPA which in turn is made up of active members. 

 

Our Vision:

 

ECUFPA aims, through excellence in education and representation, to promote the protection of life, assets and the environment from veld & forest fire, inclusive of other related emergencies. 

 

Our Mission:

 

To promote an efficient system that supports the activities of fire protection associations in the execution of their duties as set out in section 5 of the National Veld and Forest Fire Act and is consistent with the provisions of this Act, the Disaster Management Act, and other relevant legislation.  Our purpose is to work cooperatively with all governments, corporate and community organizations for the continuous improvement in standards, legislation, education, products and services.

 

Our Values:

 

The values that guide us are: 

Integrity - behaving ethically, acting with loyalty and honesty, and being prepared to express our views.

Independence - being prepared to establish alliances, build trust and foster cooperation without showing favour.

Professionalism - an ongoing commitment to the continuous improvement in the delivery of quality fire protection services and standards

 

The Aims of ECUFPA are: 

 

  • Representative Membership - To maintain a broad membership base which is accurately representative of the fire safety community, in order to provide the resources to build awareness of the association so that the ECUFPA can achieve its other goals.

 

  • Member Services - To be the primary source of fire protection information and advice that is of benefit to ECUFPA members, the veld & forest fire safety industry and the wider community. 

 

  • Continual Improvement in Fire Education - To support and contribute to the continuing development of national competencies and training packages to meet legislative requirements and to improve the effectiveness of those employed in veld & forest fire safety and protection

 

  • Influence Decision Makers - To take a leading role in influencing all bodies whose decision-making processes affect fire safety. 

 

  • Support for Corporate Members - To support corporate members and their businesses through networking with governments, trade Organisations, international fire protection associations and related bodies, to promote South African fire safety standards, services and expertise to a global audience. 

 

  • Communication of the Fire Safety Message - To be a successful and vital link in communicating the fire safety message to our members, to the fire safety industry, to other businesses and industry, and to the wider community.

 

 

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES OF ECUFPA 

 

  • appointment of Provincial Operations Manager, incl. aerial operations responsibility

 

  • strategic policy and planning for the common area administered by several FPAs,

 

  • liaison and co-ordination with the provincial and local disaster management centres

 

  • communicating fire danger ratings to FPAs and others 

 

  • weather data collection for improvements to the predictions from the NFDRS [National Fire Danger Rating System], and collection and dissemination of other relevant data and information 

 

  • providing input data for fire danger ratings on behalf of its FPAs, such a veld curing information 

 

  • supply of fire incident command specialists or support and co-ordination between FPAs and other fire fighting agencies in escalating fire conditions 

 

  • assistance to members of FPAs where court cases arise, such as providing expert witness, and statistical and weather information 

 

  • management and maintenance of aerial support services 

 

  • co-ordination functions, such co-ordination of equipment and other resources between individual FPAs, through such measures as mutual assistance agreements and the standard operating procedures they contain 

 

 

ECUFPA OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

 

The ECUFPA Operations Committee (Opco) has been established to ensure a coordinated approach to fire risk management in respect of aerial and ground operations throughout the Province, in turn ensuring FPA's achieve common standards with regard to overall aerial and ground operations -  awareness, training, prevention and control - in line with the aims mentioned above.  The Operations Committee will work closely with provincial and local government structures, as well as other fire related service providers and stakeholders.  

 

Opco will be represented by one of its members per District Municipality on the ECUFPA Executive Committee to ensure integration of Opco into the Executive Committee.