Leisure Wheels

Fighting fire with fire

WE were sitting in our VWS Land Rover, driving down a dark, bumpy jeep track towards our deployment spot. I couldn’t see the fire but the area was still warm and smouldering and I remember wondering to myself :“Is this where I’m going to die?”

I still couldn’t tell you where I was that day, suffice to say that we had driven from Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West into the nearby mountains to fight the fire ravaging the area. It was 2016 and this was my first fire as a newly qualified firefighter.

On the right of our Landy, a smouldering ashy wasteland ravaged by fire, several tree stumps still alight, the occasional tall tree – a pine? – burnt black as high as the flames had reached. It looked like a scene from an Armageddon film.

On the left – and far more worrying – were grass, bushes and trees, all unburnt.

Alarm bells were going off inside my head. My Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) training was kicking in and I was ticking off Watchouts in my head. Watchouts are a list of warning signs that all VWS firefighters are required to learn, along with several other things designed to keep us alive. As a firefighter, you are often going to be in harm’s way so you can’t just say: if you sense danger, evacuate. Rather, if you start ticking off too many of the 18 Watchouts you should seriously consider getting to a safer place.

The only thing keeping me from complete panic was that my crew leader, Patrick, was an extremely experienced should be calm. That’s what I told myself, anyway.

Estás leyendo una vista previa, regístrate para leer más.

Más de Leisure Wheels

Leisure Wheels1 min. leídosTechnology & Engineering
Updated VW Tiguan Range To Include R Model
Volkswagen recently released the first image of the upcoming Tiguan facelift. It seems it will be a substantial facelift with a focus on making the Tiguan a more aggressive proposition. Interior-wise, the Tiguan will receive the latest tech, includin
Leisure Wheels4 min. leídos
In Search Of The Big One
THE problem with basing overlanding vehicles on conventional bakkies is that once you add a couple of accessories, fill the fuel tank and load up the family, you could find yourself close to the legal weight limits or even exceeding them. There are f
Leisure Wheels1 min. leídosTechnology & Engineering
Alfa Romeo refreshes The Stelvio
Alfa Romeo recently introduced a refreshed version of the Stelvio. It receives LED tail lamps and glossy black finishes on the badges at the front and rear. The sportiness has been further accentuated with newly developed Mopar accessories such as ca