Building of new R41-million fire station in Kempton begins

COMMUNITY Safety MMC, Vivian Cahauke, Masina, Terblanche and chairperson of the Community Safety oversight committee, Izak Berg, head the sod turning ceremony, paving the way for the construction of Albertina Sisulu Corridor Fire station.

KEMPTON will have a new fire station by June 2018.

This was announced by Ekurhuleni mayor, Mzwandile Masina, during Wednesday’s, sod turning ceremony for the new fire station named after revered anti-apartheid stalwart, Albertina Sisulu.

Situated at the corner of Highveld Road and Bosch Avenue, the R41-million fire station is the result of years of requests from the community and businesses, steered by ward councillor Jaco Terblanche, which was included in the Integrated Development Process.

The ceremony paved the way to the commencement of the construction of the station.

AN architectural design of the new fire station.

CHAUKE, Masina,Terblanche Berg and a departmental official holding the design of the fire station.

 

Mayor Masina further indicated that the state of the art facility ties in well with the city’s economic trajectory.

“There is an increased response by developers along the R21/Albertina Sisulu development corridor and the close proximity of a fire station makes it a viable place to invest. The facility will not only reduce their insurance premiums, it will guarantee the protection of their investment against fire,” said the mayor.

With an increase in Kempton’s, and its surrounding areas, population and infrastructure (business and residential) the old fire station in Spartan can no longer cope on its own.

The added resources through the new station will assist with emergencies and reaching fires in areas that are far, therefore making the response time faster.

With a total budget of just over R100-million for the project, the facility promises to be fully equipped to service the Kempton community, including industrial areas such as Isando and Spartan, the new developments along the Albertina Sisulu Corridor as well as the airport.

Over and above the R41 million budget to build the facility, the metro also set aside an additional R60 million to procure 31 new ambulances and additional fire fighting equipment.

AN architectural design of the new fire station.

CHAUKE, Masina, Terblanche, Izak Berg and a departmental official holds the design of the fire station.

 

Terblanche welcomed the new project and said the community would benefit immensely from this station.

“Not only will the community feel safer and the turnaround time for fire truck responses be quicker, but the occupation of this once vacant veld will reduce crime in the area and will result in less vagrants using the space,” Terblanche remarked.

An appeal was made to residents to look after municipal facilities. They were urged to refrain from violating and robbing fire-fighters who have dedicated their lives to protecting the environment, property and residents of Ekurhuleni.

The Albertina Sisulu Fire Station is expected to be completed by the end of June 2018. While construction is underway residents and businesses will continue using the Kempton Park, Boksburg and Olifantsfontein fire stations.

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