City ac­quires new fire en­gines

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By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

The City of Jo­han­nes­burg’s Emer­gency Man­age­ment Ser­vices (EMS) has taken de­liv­ery of 3 new fire en­gines. The City will take own­er­ship of an ad­di­tional two fire en­gines be­fore the end of this fi­nan­cial year.

Res­i­dents of Jo­han­nes­burg have over the years raised con­cerns about the City’s abil­ity to se­cure their safety in the event of an in­creased num­ber of fire out­breaks. “It is my plea­sure to as­sure res­i­dents the pro­cure­ment and pos­ses­sion of the first batch of fire en­gines will en­sure that the City is able to al­le­vi­ate much of the pres­sure that has been placed on our Emer­gency Man­age­ment Ser­vices” said City of Jo­han­nes­burg’s Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor, Cllr Mashaba. The mayor noted that the pur­chase of the fire en­gines will es­pe­cially en­sure that the City is able to re­spond timeously to emer­gen­cies and, most im­por­tantly, save lives.

Faced with agieng fleet the City is in ur­gent need to re­place its fire en­gines for pro­vi­sion of world class ser­vices to its res­i­dents, thus the ar­rival of the first set of fire en­gines is part of a big­ger plan in re­vamp­ing the fleet across var­i­ous fire sta­tions.

“I am grate­ful to the MMC for Safety, Cllr Michael Sun and the MMC for Group Cor­po­rate and Shared Ser­vices, Cllr Ntombi Khu­malo, for their lead­er­ship in pur­chas­ing and pro­cess­ing the de­liv­ery of these fire en­gines,” said Mashaba.

Over the past five years the City of Jo­han­nes­burg has ex­pe­ri­enced an alarm­ing growth in pop­u­la­tion, putting a strain on al­ready over­stretched re­sources. On av­er­age the City’s emer­gency com­mand cen­tre re­ceives over 25 000 emer­gency calls a month. The De­part­ment has done a thor­ough as­sess­ment of the cur­rent fleet, hence we are al­ready un­der­go­ing the process of procur­ing more fire en­gines. The cur­rent fleet de­liv­ered will be placed at Fairview Fire Sta­tion to cover ar­eas around Malvern, the CBD and Berea.

There other two will be placed at Jab­u­lane Fire sta­tion to cover ar­eas in Soweto and the third fire en­gine will be de­ployed to the newly built Cosmo City fire sta­tion and will cover Diep­sloot and Lone­hill. The De­part­ment is pro­vid­ing much needed ser­vices to over 4.9 mil­lion cit­i­zens within the city. The City took a de­ci­sion to com­mit funds to build Protea Glen and Cosmo City Fire Sta­tions af­ter a fea­si­bil­ity study showed that all emer­gency in­ci­dents around these ar­eas are cov­ered by fire sta­tions fur­ther. The con­struc­tion of any EMS fa­cil­ity is premised on a strate­gic goal to in­crease the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the ser­vices to the com­mu­nity. City of Jo­han­nes­burg Pub­lic Safety Chair­per­son, Cllr Hil­ton Masera said, “The Sec­tion 79 Pub­lic Safety Over­sight Com­mit­tee ap­plauds the City of Jo­han­nes­burg for the de­liv­ery of three new fire en­gines in Fairview, Jab­u­lani and Cosmo City.

“For years res­i­dents have been dis­ad­van­taged due to the un­avail­abil­ity of fire en­gines, whilst emer­gency per­son­nel were un­able to per­form their du­ties fully due to the lack of re­sources.

“The new ve­hi­cles will help im­prove the EMS re­sponse time, and also re­duce com­plaints from dis­grun­tled res­i­dents who were not at­tended to in time.

“Although we still have a short­age of fire en­gines, we ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts that the de­part­ment is un­der­tak­ing to re­solve this prob­lem.

“We also note that there will be two more emer­gency ve­hi­cles that will be de­liv­ered be­fore the end of this fi­nan­cial year.

“We ap­peal to the de­part­ment to fast track this process as the safety and well­be­ing of our res­i­dents comes first.

The de­liv­ery of these fire en­gines is an in­di­ca­tion that this DA-led coali­tion gov­ern­ment is one that val­ues its res­i­dents, and seeks to rec­tify the years of ne­glect in re­la­tion to ser­vice de­liv­ery.”

“These fa­cil­i­ties are an em­bod­i­ment of the City’s com­mit­ment to build safe com­mu­ni­ties and there­fore a safer city. Joburg is a grow­ing metropoli­tan city, with an an­nual bud­get of R39 bil­lion Rand. It is an in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion of choice for nu­mer­ous busi­nesses both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“There are proper in­ter­nal pro­cesses ac­ces­si­ble to all ag­grieved em­ploy­ees at all times. In our quest to be­com­ing a lead­ing world class African emer­gency man­age­ment ser­vices, we will con­tinue to en­gage em­ploy­ees to en­sure a healthy work force,” added Mashaba.

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