New addition to Stellenbosch fleet
Stellenbosch Fire and Rescue Services, in the picturesque Cape Winelands, received a new fire fighting apparatus on 26 July 2019. It is a 32 metre hydraulic extension ladder that can access a 10 storey building, tailor made for the narrow streets of the CBD of Stellenbosch. The hydraulic ladder platform was procured with the assistance of Western Cape Provincial Government, who contributed R3 003 117 towards the project. The rest of the funds, R9 352 117 came from council coffers. Chief fire officer, Wayne Smith, says, “An acquisition of this magnitude does not happen very often and the fire brigade and Stellenbosch considers itself very fortunate to be the beneficiaries of such a magnificent and state of the art piece of rescue apparatus. I want to express my sincere gratitude to Honourable Mayor van Deventer and the rest of political and administrative leadership for the investment made in fire services and towards a safer Stellenbosch. This vehicle will definitely add value to our cause.”
Chief Smith gave Fire and Rescue International some of the vehicle’s specifications.
Overall length: 10,31 m
Overall width: 2,50 m
Width of the superstructure: 2,50 m
Height Front: 3,56m
Rear: 3,50 m
Weight: 14550 kg
Elevation 0 to 75 degrees within 31,51 sec
Extension to full length within 31,60 sec
Housing of ladder from full extension within 35,90 sec
It is a multi-purpose apparatus and can be used to rescue people from high rise buildings, fight fires in high rise buildings or as a water tower when combatting fires in high rise buildings. It can be deployed to miscellaneous rescue scenarios.
In a ceremony to officially hand over the vehicle, Stellenbosch mayor, Gesie van Deventer, was ‘rescued’ from her office balcony. The Mayor joined in on a demonstration of Stellenbosch’s latest edition to its fleet at the launch of the state of the art hydraulic platform fire fighting and rescue vehicle outside the Stellenbosch Town Hall on 26 July 2019.
It is one of only two hydraulic platform ladder vehicles in the Cape Winelands District and ours is now the most advanced and modern vehicle in the entire region.
Mayor van Deventer said, “This new vehicle will fulfil a crucial role in our firefighting capability. It is equipped with a hydraulic ladder and platform which will enable us to perform rescue and fire fighting operations in high-rise buildings (10 storeys and more) and hard to reach spaces. It is uniquely customised to our requirements, taking into account the narrower streets in some of our areas.”
“The Municipality liaised with various stakeholders, including the University of Stellenbosch, the Cape Winelands District Municipality and the Provincial Government, to determine the exact specifications for this vehicle. It is a significant investment in our community’s safety and I made every effort to secure the funding for this vehicle. The Provincial Government contributed R3 million and the remaining R9,3 million was funded by the municipality. The total cost for this truck was R12,3 million.”
“After a thorough tender process the world renowned company, Rosenbauer, was awarded the tender. The Rosenbauer group is one of the world’s top three manufacturers of fire-service vehicles and firefighting equipment. It supplies firefighting equipment to over 100 countries in the world, and we are proud to be the new owner of a brand new, industry leading Rosenbauer vehicle.”
“This hydraulic platform fire vehicle is a massive investment in the safety of our communities and shows once again that this administration is serious about creating a safer valley for all our residents.”
Source: Stellenbosch Municipality and chief fire officer, Wayne Smith