City of Joburg takes full responsibility for firefighters' death, says emergency services

2016-05-15 21:04
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Johannesburg – The City of Johannesburg on Sunday released a report into the death of two of its firefighters who died in 2015 at an inferno at the Nedbank Building on Albertina Sisulu Street in Johannesburg.  

“We take full responsibility as an organisation. We are not trying to blame anyone but a lot of procedures were not followed on that day,” said spokesperson for emergency management services Robert Mulaudzi.  

Mulaudzi said allegations that of lack of equipment during the incident could not be verified. 

The firefighters died from smoke inhalation while fighting a fire in a basement of the building.  

The fire began around 19:00 on Saturday, May 16 2015 and was extinguished around 03:00 on Sunday.  

The report highlighted that during the incident, there was lack of communication on the ground and failure to implement breathing apparatus procedures among others.  

"We have learned our lessons, we have the report now and going forward we would ensure that our firefighters get regular training," Mulaudzi said.

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