25 Jan Joburg boosts fire and rescue vehicle numbers
The city of Johannesburg is adding an additional 17 fire and rescue vehicles to its fleet which will be delivered for use during 2024.
The tender for the new vehicles has been finalised and awarded, and will include not only the 17 new vehicles but also the servicing and maintenance of the city’s existing fleet thanks to a three-year contract.
Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse has said that the fleet is to be manufactured locally, which will have the added bonus of helping to contribute to the country’s economy.
Once in use, the new vehicles will represent around more than a third of the fleet serving the seven regions of Johannesburg. There are currently 31 fire engines operating. When the new fleet is delivered numbers will be boosted to 48 vehicles.
Johannesburg has one of the busiest emergency service units in Africa – which handles more than 250,000 calls every year.