Any person from who’s land a fire can start or spread where such a fire can be classified as a veld fire and who is deemed to be the responsible person or entity may join Imperani FPA. The National Veld and Forest Fire Act (Act 101 of 1998) deems any person or entity except the owner that is in control of a given piece of land through a contract, agreement or court order to be the responsible person or entity. This includes tenants, commanders, chief executive officers and executive committees or governing bodies of community or other organisations. The Act however stipulates that all state owned or controlled land must join a FPA should an FPA exist in the area where such land is located. The membership structure is at follows: Members of Agriculture Union: R600 per farming unit per FMA (Fire Management Area), Corporate farming entities: R600 per share holder or director of such entity, Non-Farmer Union members: R1.00 per ha with a minimum of R600.
The Imperani FPA District is divided into 6 Fire Management Areas:
The National Veld and Forest Fire Act holds people responsible for basic fire management on land that is deemed to be under their control. It is an irrefutable fact that management cannot be done without basic understanding and information about the subject or circumstance that needs to be managed. Even the most elementary fire management plan requires a basic risk analysis to gauge the extent of the risk that needs to be managed. Only when the risk is assessed can reasonable steps be taken to lessen the risk. Failure to apply reasonable rudimentary fire management can lead to criminal charges or liability claims. Insurance companies are highly likely to repudiate claims where negligence is found to be a contributing factor. The Fire Risk Mapping system were accepted by Imperani FPA as a practical way in which members can apply basic fire management practices. Level 6 Fire Risk Maps is a part of the Risk and Resource Survey that constitutes a Level 6 disaster management plan. Level 6 plans are used to produce a Sector Fire Management Plan. Imperani FPA member numbers is a required field in this form and is available on the Imperani FPA invoice. The Risk and Resource survey cannot be completed without a Imperani FPA member number.
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