At about 14:30 today the Eden DM Fire and Rescue services received a request from the Mossel Bay Fire Chief to assist with a fire threatening houses in Friemersheim (Great Brak).
The majority of the Eden DM team members are dispatched to the fire in Still Bay, due to this arrangement, volunteers lead by the Acting Station Officer Mr Deon Stoffels and the Station Officer Mr Johan Brand, were tasked to assist in Mossel Bay. The Mossel Bay Fire Chief further requested urgent aerial assistance, the closest chopper that could be requested to assist was the one from Savannah Helicopters, the WOF chopper, at Gouna, was requested as a back-up.
Currently, the western flank that was threatening houses have been contained, the northern flank is burning with a back burn towards the close-by Pine Grove plantation and the Eastern flank is moving towards Botlierskop. We are confident that with both these helicopters deployed the immediate threat would be contained before sundown.
Current deployment to this fire is 19 people.
Teams attended to 50 hot-spots today, most of these were dealt with and extinguished. 11 WoF staff and 2 Eden DM Riversdale base staff will continue with mopping-up tomorrow.
The Eden DM night shift team will relieve teams at Friemersheim tonight at 19:00.