SATELLITE FIRE STATIONS COMPLETED BUT NO EQUIPMENT
he construction of the Mankayane Fire Station has been completed and handed over to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
The satellite fire station, which was being constructed through the new innovative designs using pre-casted pillars, has been completed. The E3 million fire station is a first for the town and surrounding areas.
Construction of the station, which was being constructed by Mar &Dar Construction through their unique innovative construction using mortar panels, is said to have commenced precisely on April 2, 2018.
Big Bend and Lavumisa surrounding areas are expected to be serviced by the Siteki main fire station. Mankayane and surrounding areas are still expected to be serviced by the Lobamba and Manzini Fire stations, respectively.
Mohamed Mostafa disclosed that according to their schedule, they should deliver the site to the employer by end of July, considering weather conditions that can delay the project.
THe, however, said the company was looking at delivering the project even before the scheduled time. He said with favourable weather conditions, they were looking at delivering the project by the end of June. The project has been completed as promised by Mostafa.
Mostafa said the project panels were now produced locally in Matsapha by the company and this has made things easier for them.
The project is part of the expansion of the fire and emergency services stations in the country. The fire station is the first in Mankayane, despite the town’s proximity to commercial forests that are prone to forest fires.
The company successfully completed the installation of mobile or satellite fire stations in Big Bend and Siphofaneni, which were pilot projects.
Mar & Dar produces fire resistant, sound, bullet and explosive proof cost effective building structures that can be completed and installed on location within three days.
This is the same company that exhibited its work before His Majesty King Mswati III during the 2014 Swaziland International Trade Fair (SITF) at the Mavuso Exhibition and Trade Centre. Mar & Dar prides itself in producing glass fibre reinforced concrete (GFRC), whose advantage is that it requires absolutely no steel reinforcements.
The material environmentally stops the drainage of using steel and uses only 20 per cent of the cement used in the conventional method of constructing a building. Mar & Dar can construct even a four-storey structure without a steel skeleton.
The material used by Mar & Dar has a high fire rating effect because there is absolutely no material to burn with the glass fibre reinforced concrete.
Also, in their production facility, a 100 square-metre house structure could be produced in seven hours and installed on location in three days. However, an additional number of days are then needed for installation of windows, doors, flooring, painting, fittings and other amenities, but even that should not take more than a week in total.
The company’s structures come from the factory with panel walls, ceiling and floor panels already embedded with electrical, water and telecommunication pipes, as well as window and door panels, which reduces the many destructive works carried out in conventional construction.
(ALL PICS) COMPLETE: The Mankayane Fire Station that has been completed and handed over to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.