Training season begins

■ Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) is embarking on training season, with a round of orientation sessions that allow people interested in signing up, the opportunity to learn first-hand what VWS does, and get to grips with the equipment it uses. VWS Grabouw Firebase hosted an orientation session on Saturday April 21, on Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West, where potential new recruits were put through their paces. Pictured, centre, is firefighter and trainer, Zaan Bester, taking a group through the hand signals firefighters use to communicate on the fireline. Anybody interested in joining VWS can contact (Jonkershoek Firebase) or (Grabouw Firebase).