The City of Cape Town’s (COCT) Fire and Rescue Service unveiled 19 new vehicles at the Epping Fire Station on Wednesday, September 8.
According to the COCT, the new vehicles will add value to the current capacity of the Fire and Rescue Service fleet and will allow the Fire Service to respond to the increasing requests for assistance with fires and other related emergencies.
All of the new vehicles have extensive off-road capabilities with an advanced drive train to allow for accessing difficult terrain while some of the vehicles have foam tanks on board for extinguishing certain fires in environments where using foam is required instead of the conventional medium of water.
The vehicles are also equipped with the latest technology that allows the operator to control the foam and water cannons from within the vehicle even while in transit, or from a remote console. Among the fleet of new vehicles are also two fully equipped technical rescue vehicles that are fitted with a wide range of rescue devices and equipment that further enhances the capabilities of current rescue teams.
Meanwhile, the investment in the newly acquired fire vehicles by the City’s Safety and Security Directorate amounts to more than R81 million.
The COCT’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, who was present at the launch, indicated that the firemen and women work in extremely dangerous environments when called upon to extinguish fires, so they need the best equipment to assist those in need, to protect lives, property and infrastructure.
“These vehicles will allow them to access mountainous terrain and will increase the response time. The City’s Fire Service often assist neighbouring municipalities when requested. The investment in these vehicles is an investment in the safety of our residents and the natural and built environment,” Smith said.