Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality’s Fire and Disaster Section received a significant boost with the delivery of a brand new fire engine by SASOL and ROMPCO on 03 November 2022 at Elukwatini Fire and Disaster Management Centre.
CALM mayor, Daniel Nkosi, said the Municipality is largely affected by structural fires, veld fire and accidents. With its financial constraints, the municipality requested SASOL to assist with a procurement of a fire engine. ROMPCO and SASOL responded as they have a gas pipe line in the Municipality which goes to Mozambique.
The vehicle has additional emergency equipment and can hold 5 000 litres of water. Moreover the truck is registered as municipal property. Further to that, SASOL will assist with the servicing of the fire Engine for the next 5 years.
“It is not merely about increasing the Municipal fleet but it is improving service delivery and saving lives. Our Emergency Services attend to a wide range of emergencies including fires, road traffic collisions and specialist cases such as animal rescue, flooding incidents, water rescues and hazardous incidents,” Nkosi said.
He added that moreover, this multi-purpose fire engine is ideally suited to deal with structural, informal and veld fires as it is an Isuzu 4×4.
“The fire engine will increase our response capacity. As the municipality we agree with SASOL and ROMPCO that we should expand our focus on community education programmes. Fire safety in our communities cannot rest in the hands of our Firefighters alone. We should roll out fire education programmes to the communities within Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality,’ he said.
Lastly, he thanked the donation and partnership.