Six new fire stations to be built in five years

COMMUNITY Safety MMC, Vivian Chauke, executive mayor Mzwandile Masina, ward councillor Jaco Terblanche and chairperson of the community safety oversight committee, Izak Berg, at the sod-turning ceremony of the new Albertina Sisulu Fire Station in November last year.

THE City of Ekurhuleni is to spend R94 million to improve its capacity to deal with emergency situations in the region.

Executive mayor Clr Mzwandile Masina said the money budgeted would go into firefighting, rescue operations, ambulances and primary response units activities aimed at improving the city’s disaster management capabilities.

The city plans to construct six new fire stations in the next five years, especially in areas that do not have such facilities.

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Some money will also go into revamping and upgrading some of the old fire stations in the region. Long-term plans for this programme have already been put in place.

Among the new fire stations to be built is the Albertina Sisulu Fire Station in Kempton Park, which is expected to improve the response time to emergencies on the busy Albertina Sisulu Freeway linking Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.

The construction of this facility is already under way and will be completed before the end of the year.

As the metro continues to improve its capabilities to deal with various life-threatening emergencies and disasters, in 2013 Ekurhuleni added, among others, hydraulic platforms, major pumpers, rescue pumpers, water tankers, foam tender, grass unit, primary response vehicle and ambulances to its fleet.

The city also built new fire stations in Tembisa, Tsakane, Daveyton, Zonkizizwe, Etwatwa and Kwathema.

The Thokoza fire station is currently under construction, while Farrarmere Fire Station in Benoni is being revamped.

“We aim to curb the perishing of properties to fires and floods, especially in informal settlements. We must also constantly improve our ability to respond timeously and effectively to such problems and limit the loss of lives and property, especially among the most vulnerable of our people,” said Masina.

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