R37m three-year plan to improve fire-fighting in Western Cape

2016-07-15 19:46
Contractor Ian Newton does demonstrations of the fire-fighting equipment. (Vumile Ncedani)

Contractor Ian Newton does demonstrations of the fire-fighting equipment. (Vumile Ncedani)

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Cape Town - Firefighting vehicles worth R10m will be deployed to rural municipalities by the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre, the provincial government said on Friday.

This was part of a R37m three-year investment plan to improve firefighting capacity in the province, Local Government MEC Anton Bredell said in a statement.

The vehicles would be assigned to the Cederberg, Matzikama, Bergrivier, Witzenberg, Kannaland, Overberg, Hessequa, Laingsburg, Prins Albert, and Beaufort West municipalities.

“This deployment represents a significant strengthening of the firefighting capabilities in these rural areas,” he said.

Chief director of provincial disaster management and fire/rescue services Colin Deiner said a vehicle handed over in Cape Town on Friday was the first to be completed and approved.

More would be delivered over the coming months.

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