Just last month, “Independent Online” reported that there was a critical shortage of fire engines in the City of Johannesburg, which was putting residents’ lives in grave danger.
Three sources who work at different stations confirmed to The Star that there was a shortage of fire engines.
Out of 28 stations in the city, only eight had functioning fire engines, according to the sources.
The rest were being repaired.
As a result, firefighters were constantly being asked to respond to fires that were so far away from their areas that by the time they arrived there, people’s homes were completely destroyed.
But today Mark Klein posted a status which is being shared far & wide with the good news!
So the DA gets 29 Fire Engines back on the road in ONE MONTH! They were in the repair shop for years.
Well done… You did what the ANC couldn’t do in years…
Report from DA JHB this morning…
“Good news on the fire truck front. Roosevelt Pk fire station now has 3 fire fighting vehicles that will take the pressure off the Rosebank and Sandton Stations. All these fire fighting vehicles were at the Hamburg workshop for years waiting for repairs.”
GoodThingsGuy spoke to the DA’s Shadow MMC for public safety, Michael Sun, the principal attorney for Sun Attorneys and a DA councillor since 2006 said their department knew about the shortage of fire engines and that rectifying this issue was a top priority on his list.
He first visited the fire engine repair shop on the 6 September and less than a month later has managed to have 29 Fire-Engines back in full working order.
The Councillor also released a press statement this morning:
Dear Mayor and Councillors
Please see my fifth report on Getting the Fire Engines Back. This is the full report for the month of September or one month after we have taken office.
I am very proud to tell you that what the ANC government couldn’t do for years we did in one month.
We got back 29 fire rescue vehicles back in action and service.
Michael Sun. MMC for Public Safety.