Another new fire fighting vehicle joins Stellenbosch Municipality fleet
Stellenbosch Municipality took ownership of its brand new state-of-the-art fire fighting vehicle last week. The Marcé 4x4 CAFS combination fire and rescue pumper is manufactured in South Africa and Stellenbosch were the first municipality in the country to receive this particular model. R4,5 million was budgeted for this vehicle. “This compressed air foam system (CAFS) pumper is a much needed new edition to our emergency vehicle fleet. The new pumper uses a combination of pressurised foam, air and water to fight fires, saving water in the process but also enhancing our fire fighting abilities significantly”, said CFO Wayne Smith, manager: Fire, Rescue and Disaster Protection Services at Stellenbosch Municipality.
“Confronting a fire using the CAFS-system reduces the amount of time it takes to bring a fire under control. It is nearly five times faster and more effective than using water alone. This equates to less water usage, less harmful runoff and less required overhaul. The CAFS-system also helps keep our fire fighters safer in the hostile environment of a fire scene and reduces attack times, flashover, hose line weight as well as exposure and fatigue,” said Chief Smith.
He added, “The vehicle boasts with an innovative smart foam system; an intelligent, automated around-the-pump (ATP) foam system that delivers high-volume foam for every fire situation, thereby eliminating the problems of a more traditional, manual system. The system automatically regulates the foam ratio control valve, reducing the opportunity for operator error and wasted foam.”
The vehicle is also equipped with an extremely durable deck monitor (water cannon) that is both wired and wireless providing improved performance and operator control. The maximum flow rate is 5 000 litres per minute. The vehicle is fully stowed with new equipment that also includes a battery-operated Jaws-of-Life vehicle extrication tool set. The CAFS capability would ultimately also contribute to less water usage
“We are proud of this latest addition to our fleet as it will greatly improve and modernise our fire fighting capabilities; keeping our communities safer and serving our towns for generations to come.”
The vehicle was officially demonstrated in front of the majestic town hall of Stellenbosch on Tuesday, 15 June 2021, to the Mayor, Adv Gesie van Deventer, Cllr Rickus Badenhost (Portfolio chairperson, Protection Services) and the municipal manager Geraldine Mettler.
“I am a proud fire chief and I also consider ourselves very fortunate to be the recipients of such an impressive piece of apparatus in these difficult economic times. The historic town of Stellenbosch, with its many historic aesthetics and memorabilia, is well and truly blessed with modern fire fighting vehicles and equipment for its protection and preservation, said Chief Smith.
Sources: CFO Wayne Smith, manager: Fire, Rescue and Disaster Protection Services, Stellenbosch Municipality; Stuart Grobbelaar, manager: Communications,, Department: Governance, Office of the Municipal Manager, Stellenbosch Municipality