Fire station almost complete

2019-05-14 06:01

A new fire station in Masiphumelele, that will bring vital services in the community, will soon be complete.

At the same time another station is being built in Sir Lowry’s Pass.

These two stations are more than 70% complete.

Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith said, during a site visit to Masiphumelele, that time is critical in rescue situations as fires can spread rapidly and the condition of injured victims can deteriorate within seconds. “The two new fire stations will bring emergency, fire and rescue services closer to these communities and the immediate surroundings,” he said.

Construction on the two fire stations is about R19m each and once the major construction is complete, the final installation of fittings, equipment and communication systems will start.

Final occupation of the fire stations is estimated to be between October and December this year.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the senior fire service management conducted a risk assessment to determine the ideal location for the placement of the station, based on response times to the inherent and growing commercial and residential risks of the areas.

The main fire station consists of an engine room (appliance bay), living quarters, administration section, drill yard and storage areas.

Existing facilities such as lecture rooms and training facilities at Masiphumelele will be incorporated at the fire station.

Masiphumelele will predominantly cover Masiphumelele, Kommetjie and Ocean View areas.

This will bring the number of fire stations within the city to 32, with a total number of 900 firefighters.

From 1 November last year until 28 February, the City’s Fire and Rescue Service responded to 13 483 incidents, including vegetation fires (7 472), formal structures (662) and informal structures (716).

“There was a time when ‘rescue’ in the fire service only meant someone was saved from a fire. Today, rescue comes in many forms and firefighters respond to vehicle accidents in which patients have to be cut from the wreckages, chemical spills, structural collapses and many other incidents which endanger lives.

The new fire stations will give these communities peace of mind that rescue is much closer than before,” said Smith.

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