S­hiny new fi­re truck for Knys­na

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus - Ju­lie Jef­fe­rys

Knys­na fi­re chief C­lin­ton Ma­nu­el was re­cent­ly han­ded the keys of the fi­re de­part­ment’s la­test ad­di­ti­on, a new fi­re en­gi­ne, af­ter an i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve star­ted by pre­sen­ter Di­an­ne Brood­ryk of Ja­ca­ran­da FM and the pro­gram­me Good Mor­ning An­gels.

Af­ter re­cei­ving pled­ges from lis­te­ners, Brood­ryk con­tacted Da­niel­le S­teyn, foun­der of Mar­cé Fi­re Fig­hting Techno­lo­gy in P­re­to­ria, spe­ci­a­lis­ts in fi­re­fig­hting e­quip­ment and vehi­cles, for as­sis­tan­ce.

Ma­nu­el told Knys­na-P­lett He­rald that he was con­tacted by the ra­dio sta­ti­on and flew up to the Mar­cé fac­to­ry du­ring the fi­res, w­he­re he thoug­ht he was to re­cei­ve do­na­ti­ons of e­quip­ment. Ne­ver in his wil­dest dre­ams, he said, did he i­ma­gi­ne that Mar­cé would be pre­pa­red to spon­sor a vehi­cle.

At the ad­vent of the fi­res, S­teyn said she had been tal­king to her son Fran­cois S­teyn, the com­pa­ny’s vehi­cles spe­ci­a­list, saying how she wis­hed the­re was so­mething they could do to help.

W­hen Ma­nu­el ar­ri­ved and they ga­ve him the grand tour of their fac­to­ry, he said he kept re­tur­ning to the par­ti­al­ly strip­ped U­ni­mog that was on the floor.

S­teyn sta­ted that her son had al­ways said the for­mer ar­my vehi­cle had a spe­ci­al pur­po­se and the duo de­ci­ded to do­na­te it to Knys­na’s fi­re de­part­ment, so they re­fit­ted, kit­ted and e­quip­ped it with the la­test techno­lo­gy, with the as­sis­tan­ce of funds to the tu­ne of R225 000 col­lected from Ja­ca­ran­da lis­te­ners.

The e­quip­ment on the vehi­cle is sta­te of the art, rig­ht do­wn to cu­s­tom fit­tings to hold sho­vels and the hy­drau­lic sy­stem to de­ploy and coil the ho­ses, pumps and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on ca­pa­bi­li­ties. The vehi­cle, which has a va­lue of o­ver R1mil­li­on, was com­ple­ted and de­li­ver­ed to Knys­na on a low-bed vehi­cle, pro­vi­ded free of char­ge by Paul Saay­man. The han­do­ver took pla­ce on 27 Sep­tem­ber, du­ring a li­ve bro­ad­cast of Good Mor­ning An­gels, hos­ted by Brood­ryk.

W­hen an e­mo­ti­o­nal Ma­nu­el re­cei­ved the keys from Fran­cois, who dro­ve the vehi­cle to the fi­re sta­ti­on, he re­cei­ved a rou­sing ap­plau­se from the fi­re­fig­h­ters and a mu­ni­ci­pal con­tin­gent, which in­clu­ded the mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger Kam C­het­ty.

The vehi­cle will be sta­ti­o­ned at the Sed­ge­field fi­re sta­ti­on.

Its first job in the ser­vi­ce of the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty was to de­li­ver a do­na­ti­on of R50 000 worth of li­bra­ry books do­na­ted by Round Ta­ble Sout­hern Ca­pe re­gi­on, to the farm schools of Ruig­te­vlei and Red­lands.

T­his do­na­ti­on is in ad­di­ti­on to the con­tri­bu­ti­on of mo­re than R1-mil­li­on ma­de by the or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on to­wards fi­re re­lief in the Knys­na and E­den Dis­trict sin­ce Ju­ne.

Wer­ner To­me from Sout­hern Ca­pe Round Ta­ble han­ded the books to the mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger and the truck de­li­ver­ed them to the de­lig­h­ted pu­pils.

The la­test ad­di­ti­on to G­re­a­ter Knys­na’s fi­re de­part­ment will be sta­ti­o­ned in Sed­ge­field.

P­ho­tos: Ju­lie Jef­fe­rys

Fi­re chief C­lin­ton Ma­nu­el (rig­ht) re­cei­ves the key for the new en­gi­ne from Fran­cois S­teyn of Mar­cé Fi­re Fig­hting Techno­lo­gy.

P­ho­to: C Ka­la­wa

At the Ruig­te­vlei school book han­do­ver we­re (from left) school prin­ci­pal John Le­ve­nad, Pe­ter Be­ster, Wer­ner To­me and C­lin­ton van der V­lis (Round Ta­ble Sout­hern Ca­pe re­gi­on).

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