The City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) has invested R94 million
to improve its capacity to deal with emergency situations in the region.
The city plans to construct six new fire stations in
the next five years, especially in areas that do not have such facilities and
existing facilities will be upgraded and revamped.
Executive Mayor, Mzwandile Masina says the money will
go into firefighting, rescue operations, ambulances and primary response units
activities aimed at improving the city’s disaster management capabilities.
“We must constantly improve our ability to respond
timeously and effectively to fires and floods and limit the loss of lives and
property especially among the most vulnerable of our people,” said Mayor
Long term plans for this programme have already been
put in place, among the new fire stations to be built is the Albertina Sisulu
Fire Station in Kempton Park which is expected to improve the turnaround time
to emergencies on the busy Albertina Sisulu Freeway linking Tshwane and
Ekurhuleni. The construction of this facility is already underway and will be
completed before the end of the year.