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Overstrand Fire and Rescue Fleet bolstered with new vehicles

Aug 4, 2018
Overstrand Fire and Rescue Fleet bolstered with new vehicles

Overstrand Fire and Rescue Services recently received three new vehicles. These vehicles will enhance the Fire Brigades’ fleet, enabling them to reach destinations faster and they will be better equipped to deal with any type of incident.

The official handover of the new Toyota Hino 6 000 litre water tanker, a Ford Double Cab 4x4 bakkie and a Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4, as well as rescue tools and other specialised equipment to the value of R2 million took place on Wednesday, 1 August 2018.

The purchases were made possible from funds received from the Provincial Fire Services Capacity Grant.

The 6 000 litre water tanker is a welcome addition to the fleet of emergency response vehicles and is able to deal with some of the difficulties fire fighters experience with regards to water. Apart from supplying water during fire fighting operations the tanker has the ability to pump water from open sources such as dams or swimming pools as an added bonus, as fire hydrants are not easily accessible in some areas.

The two bakkie units are also very impressive as they particularly meet Fire and Rescue needs for incident command and operational response in rough terrain. They are fitted with two-way radios, which improves communication between the various divisions when working in the field and enabling faster deployment when arriving at the scene of an incident.

Overstrand’s Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee said: “It fills me with great joy that I am able to be with you to share in this momentous occasion today.  

“Knowing the challenges that we have faced in the Overstrand Fire Department, receiving keys for three new vehicles from the Provincial Government will certainly do much to enhance our service delivery in this area. “

“I am especially thankful to Fire Chief Lester Smith for taking the initiative to approach the Provincial Government so that we could be considered in their project to help smaller municipalities such as ours with capacity building within the Fire Fraternity.”

“Once again, I wish to extend my profound gratitude to the Provincial Government for this tremendous opportunity. I have no doubt that this appreciation is also felt by the various fire fighters who will be using these much needed additional resources and for whom the benefits will be profound.”

Deputy Mayor Elnora Gillion said that Fire and Rescue Services distinguished themselves as astute and capable professional fire fighters, and that the team is doing a sterling job. She also mentioned that during the last year (July 2017 – June 2018), Fire and Rescue responded to 619 incidents across the Overstrand. She commended the Province on making this investment which enables Overstrand Municipality fire fighters to resolve incidents faster and safely.

Fire Chief Lester Smith thanked the Mayor for his support and his ability to recognise the value of a good fire fighting team.

He also thanked Etienne du Toit, Western Cape Government Deputy Director: Fire Brigade Services and Colin Deiner, Western Cape Government Chief Director: Disaster Management and Fire/Rescue Services for listening to his plea and making it happen.

He concluded by thanking Thelma Lobb of Fleet Management for her assistance as well as Angelo Aplon, Assistant Fire Chief: Operations and Training, Marlu Rust, Assistant Chief: Fire & Disaster Management, Joe Schoeman, Assistant Chief: Fire Safety, Dawie Esau and the rest of his team.

Image: Pictured at the handing over ceremony of the new fire vehicles are from left to right Western Cape Government Deputy Director: Fire Brigade Services Etienne du Toit, Western Cape Government Chief Director: Disaster Management and Fire/Rescue Services Colin Deiner, Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee, Senior Manager: Fire and Rescue, Disaster Management and Security Services Lester Smith, Deputy Mayor Elnora Gillion and Assistant Fire Chief: Operations and Training Angelo Aplon.