New vehicles for City of Tshwane’s Emergency Services launched
The City of Tshwane’s Emergency Services Department launched new additions to its EMS fleet on Tuesday, 6 May 2019, outside Tshwane House in Pretoria. The new vehicles were acquired on a full maintenance lease from Fleet Africa and will be deployed throughout Tshwane to ensure that professional emergency assistance is available at the scene of incidents, so as to deal with them promptly and efficiently in the shortest time possible. The handover coincided with the launch of City of Tshwane’s three-digit emergency number, 107.
Programme director for the event was City of Tshwane Emergency Services’ deputy chief director, Tanja Terblanche.
Previn Govender, Chief of Emergency Services for City of Tshwane, said in his speech, “As a career professional in the emergency services, there are two simple principles that I have always encouraged and that is do the best with what we have and be the best at what we do. In meeting the public expectation of professional emergency services delivery, there are two key elements that must be in place ie making our services easily contactable so that we can attempt to be on time at an emergency call and that we are able to service the emergency with the right resources. These two aspects enable us in meeting our key mandate of saving lives and allowing us to always strive to be the best at what we do.”
Alderwoman Karen Meyer, MMC for Community Safety, said that the emergency services live up to the motto, ‘semper paratus’ and that their wish is to respond on time and be properly resourced and equipped. Tshwane Emergency Services strives to offer world-class emergency services to all citizens of Tshwane in a professional, prompt and efficient way and in the shortest time possible.
Executive Mayor Stephens Mokgalapa said in his speech the new vehicles formed part of the city’s strategic emergency service fleet replacement programme. Mayor Mokgalapa added that these vehicles had state-of-the-art equipment and the latest professional tools. “One of our priorities is to ensure that our fire department, emergency medical service and disaster management is resourced to ensure the safety of our residents. We are also officially launching 107 as the three-digit emergency number for the residents of Tshwane. The quick access to emergency response through the number will complement the mandate of the emergency services department. Residents will be able to contact the Tshwane Emergency Services Department for fire, rescue, ambulance and related emergency responses by dialling 107 from a Telkom landline or mobile network.”
The vehicles included an E-One hazardous material (hazmat) unit, E-One mobile command unit, 18 Toyota Land Cruiser single cab rapid intervention vehicles (RIVs), four Toyota Land Cruiser double cab bush pumpers, 14 Marcé medium rescue pumpers fitted with Holmatro hydraulic rescue tools and 34 ambulances. The E-One hazmat unit and the E-One command unit will be stationed at Station 5 in Wonderboom.
A vote of thanks was delivered by city manager, Dr Moeketsi Mosola.
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