This handbook is part of a suite of training manuals published by Working on Fire and it provides a basic understanding of fire, and what you as a firefighter may be able to do to suppress them. The guide is illustrated and written in easy to understand sections with highlighted pointers.

It covers the chemistry of fire and goes on to discuss fire behaviour including weather, topography and fuels. Fire Fighter Safety (LACES) is also described. The section on Fire Fighting Strategies includes a description of various modes of attack such as mobile, flanking, tandem, pincer and envelopment attack.

Different hose-lays are described and resources are explained in detail, from hand-tools and bulldozers to aerial bombers and helicopters. Structure protection is required when a veld/urban fires occur and special precautions have to be taken.

Incident Organization is a useful chapter about the Incident Command System and its management. Not all fires are attacked in the same way and some of the more basic situations have been outlined.

At the back there is a comprehensive glossary of unique firefighting terminology and a description of the National Veld and Forest Fire Act (1988).

This training manual will empower people, communities, farmers and foresters in the proper and safe techniques to combat veld and forest fires.

The Veld and Forest Firefighting Fundamentals handbook is available from Working on Fire @ R64 per copy excluding postage.