City ‘could have avoided embarrassing fire service headlines’

2016-06-22 11:30
One of the new fire engines purchased by Msunduzi Municipality has allegedly been parked for almost a year waiting for spare components to arrive from America.

One of the new fire engines purchased by Msunduzi Municipality has allegedly been parked for almost a year waiting for spare components to arrive from America. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - A report on the state of fire services at the Pietermaritzburg Airport that was compiled months ago, was only brought to the city council on Tuesday.

Fuming over the late presentation of the reports, councillor Judith Lawrence said “things could have been different” if the reports were tabled earlier.

“If we got these reports on time, we could have addressed the issues instead of waking up to embarrassing headlines in The Witness,” Lawrence said at yesterday’s executive committee meeting.

The report was compiled in February this year and highlighted that the fire services at the Pietermaritzburg Airport were open to risks.

The Witness reported that firefighters claimed fire engines based at the airport were non-operational and fire engines meant for Oribi and Pelham have to be brought in, and remain on standby, when planes land or take off.

“It is like sending one broken truck to cover another broken truck. There were times when the Oribi truck did not start and we had to call Edendale fire services to respond to a fire,” said a fireman.

Lawrence added that further to the report highlighting the problems, there should be solutions proposed as well.

“I do not see any plan to sort these issues out,” she said, adding that the reports should have come on time and not months later.

“These could have been addressed sooner,” she said.


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