What is the Cape Peninsula Fire Protection Association?
The CPFPA was formed to co-ordinate efforts to prevent, predict, manage and extinguish wildfires.
Headed up by the Manager of Fire and Technical Services for Table Mountain National Park (SANParks), the organization offers access to firefighting expertise, equipment and manpower.
A combination of fire dependent fynbos, invasive, flammable alien vegetation and human negligence causes runaway wildfires every year on the Cape Peninsula and the Cape Flats resulting in massive losses and exorbitant costs.
Landowners on the urban edge have the privilege and responsibility of being a custodian of the spectacular biodiversity and scenery that make Cape Town and the surrounding areas a world tourism destination. Certain legislative responsibilities and civic duties rest on the shoulders of these landowners and it is with the support and assistance of the CPFPA that these liabilities can be met.
Similar to these landowners, it is also imperative that the public, who utilize the Peninsula for recreational purposes, consider the susceptibility of the vegetation to veldfires and act responsibly.
Spend a few minutes scrolling through the subsequent pages and learn more about the Cape Peninsula Fire Protection Association and the work we are involved with. Through integrated veldfire prevention and the buy-in of we will realize success too.
In January of 2000, extensive wildfires ripped through much of the Cape Peninsula, destroying and devastating state owned land, as well as that of numerous private landowners. A call for protection against fire on private properties along the urban edge of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) was voiced.
After the devastating fires of 2000, organizations began placing greater emphasis on the coordination of fire services to improve the management of their resources. One of the products of these efforts was the establishment of the Cape Peninsula Fire Protection Association (CPFPA). The association focuses on landowners owning open tracts of land large enough for a veldfire to start on, spread to. Membership is voluntary and intended for those living in veldfire prone areas.