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New fire trucks head for Kouga

18 May 2020
Alfie Geyser, Clintin Grebe and Henrico van Rooyen from Kouga Fire and Disaster Management show what the smaller of the two new trucks, ideal for combating fires in informal settlements, will look like.

Alfie Geyser, Clintin Grebe and Henrico van Rooyen from Kouga Fire and Disaster Management show what the smaller of the two new trucks, ideal for combating fires in informal settlements, will look like.

The delivery of two new fire trucks to Kouga Municipality is almost back on track following the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. 

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the assembly of the vehicles, procured at a cost of more than R4-million, had been delayed as the service provider could not get hold of all the specialised parts during level five of the lockdown. 

"The supplier has since notified us that the first truck will be ready for delivery by the end of June," he said. 

"The second vehicle will be delivered later in the year as some Covid-19 related constraints are still hampering its completion."

He said the first vehicle set for delivery, was a 2,5 tonne 4x4 single cab, similar to the one added to Kouga's fleet two years ago. 

"These are smaller vehicles, ideally suited to off-road operations and fighting fires in informal settlements. 

"We are grateful that this vehicle is scheduled for delivery at the end of next month, as fires in informal areas usually spike during winter."

He said the second vehicle, scheduled for delivery later this year, was a 6 000l all-terrain 4x4 water tanker. 

"This vehicle can also operate on rough terrain and has a foam concrete booster tank, which makes it a valuable asset for attending to burning vehicles or flammable substance fires."

Hendricks thanked the Sarah Baartman District Municipality for contributing R1,47-million to the procurement of the vehicles. 

"The new trucks will strengthen the capacity of our fire department to keep Kouga safe. We are grateful to the district for their support."

The Sarah Baartman District Municipality also recently procured and delivered Toyota Hilux fire-fighting vehicles, valued at R725 000 each, to Koukamma Municipality and Sunday's River Municipality respectively. 

Other support to the seven local municipalities in the district included the procurement of four Ford Ranger fire-fighting vehicles, two for Dr Beyers Naude and two for Makana Municipality. 

Funding contributions for the procurement of fire-fighting vehicles and equipment were also made to Blue Crane Route (R1, 46-million) and Ndlambe (R909 360).