The Cape is known for having some of the worst wild fires in South Africa that often leave vast areas destroyed, homes and businesses destroyed and animals maimed or even killed. Government, nature conservation and local farmers cannot fight these fires alone and that’s where the volunteer wildfire services (VWS) step in. The VWS is a non-profit organisation and on 19 April the Jonkershoek station held and trail run and awareness day at the Lievland Estate along the R44 to generate a few extra funds, and the Franschhoek Motor Museum sent along some its vehicles to add a little extra spirit to the day. The 1953 Merryweather and 1956 Bedford fire engines were the stars of the show along with 1946 Willys Jeep, DKW Monga and Citroën Mahari. Among the many attractions, visitors were treated to fire engine rides, snake handling demonstrations, helicopter water bombing and fire-fighting demonstrations. A Scottish pipe band played a few numbers. Museum staff joined the crowds in having a great time and making this a very enjoyable and successful day. WH