Ekurhuleni officially opens newly-built state-of-the-art Olifantsfontein Fire Station
The City of Ekurhuleni officially opened the state-of-the-art Olifantsfontein Fire Station situated in Clayville, Thembisa, on Friday morning, 9 October 2020. The new fire station was officially opened by Executive Mayor Mzwandile Masina. The old fire station, which was built in 1940, couldn’t meet the current requirements of emergency response in the surrounding areas and could accommodate only two fire engines. “This is undoubtedly one of the most important investments that the City has made in its service delivery efforts and it is one about which we must be extremely proud of,” the Mayor said. The new grey, state-of-the-art structure stands boldly in the heart of the Olifantsfontein industrial area. It replaces the old fire station that was built around 1940. The R41-million fire station is home to five fire engines and includes a fully equipped gym for fire fighters, change rooms consisting of showers for both female and male fire fighters, a tower, washing bay, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) cascade system recharge room, equipment store rooms, reception, furnished dining room and kitchen amongst the others.
• Hydraulic pump (HP) vehicle
• Water tanker with a capacity of 11 000 litres of water and 2 000 litres of foam
• Major industrial pumper with 3 500 litres of water capacity
• Rescue pumper with 2 200 litres of water
• 4x4 grass unit pumper with 800 litres of water
The Olifantsfontein Fire Station has 43 personnel divided into four shifts with an additional reserve force members. The station will service Ekurhuleni residents efficiently as it has more resources and more capacity than the previous old fire station. Areas to be serviced by the station include Winnie Mandela, Tswelopele, Clayville, part of Thembisa Hospital View, Midstream Estate, Olifantsfontein Industrial Hub, the logistic corridor developing along the R21 freeway, R21 freeway on both directions, R562 linking Ekurhuleni with Midrand and Old Pretoria Road linking Olifantsfontein industrial hub with the north.
During the official opening, Mayor Masina said a fire station was not only about fire fighting but fundamentally is a basic human right. “It is our duty as a City with 119 registered informal settlements that we invest in infrastructure that is capacitated with adequate resources to protect our residents,” he said. The mayor further stated that the City’s investment in fire fighting equipment had not only served the people of Ekurhuleni, but the entire Gauteng Province had benefitted. “You will remember that fire fighters and equipment from the City of Ekurhuleni were instrumental in combating the blaze that engulfed the Bank of Lisbon building in Johannesburg two years ago,” he said.
Due to the pandemic regulations, the official launch was attended by a smaller number of officials from the municipal leaderships, fire brigade services and fire fighters due to COVID-19 lockdown rules and regulations. The contractor of the fire station took the attendees for inspection through the entire structure after the ribbon cutting by the executive Mayor of the City.
Source: William Ntladi, district manager media liaison: Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS)