Work has started on the 40 new City of Joburg fire engines.
Johannesburg, South Africa – Last week, the MMC for Public Safety, Cllr Michael Sun visited one of the City of Johannesburg’s assembly plants in Olifantsfontein where 40 new fire engines are being built.
On the 23rd of July 2019, the City of Johannesburg placed an initial order with the service provider for the fire engines and other fire emergency vehicles to the tune of R216 million rand.
This is phase one of the City of Johannesburg’s new fire engine replacement program.
The range of fire vehicles include:
- 1 Vehicle with telescopic ladder
- 15 Grass Firefighting Vehicle (Skid units)
- 2 Major Pumpers
- 7 Light Rapid Rescue Vehicles
- 1 Hydraulic Platform
- 2 Level 2 Command Vehicles
- 2 Industrial Pumpers
- 5 Heavy-Duty Rear Mounted Pumpers
- 4 Water Tankers
- 1 Heavy Duty Hazmat Vehicle
The service provider is a local specialised vehicle builder established 52 years ago and has vast experience and resources in building and assembling purpose-built vehicles such as fire engines.
Soon after the procurement process was completed and the purchase order placed, MMC Sun inspected the assembly plant to ensure that the service provider was on track with its production schedule and that the City of Johannesburg would receive the new fire engines within the three months delivery time.
MMC Sun said: “The procurement of these fire engines are of utmost importance as our residents’ lives and properties depend on the efficient service of our Emergency Management Services. I will, therefore, conduct regular oversight to ensure that production is on track for speedy and efficient delivery.”
He said the service provider’s five plants situated across the county are designated to work on the City’s order, and the City’s team will also be visiting these plants to conduct oversight inspections.
“This project is more than just the assembly of fire engines. It is the building of vital equipment that will save residents’ lives and properties. Our residents don’t just see a fire engine, they see hope and relief,” MMC Sun said.
“In honour of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of others, these vehicles will be named after fallen firefighters with their name inscribed onto the new engines. It is important that we always remember those that have given their lives for the protection of others. Especially as we are finally able to replace the fleet of aged fire engines in Johannesburg.”