City of Johannesburg officially opens new Protea Glen Fire Station
The City of Johannesburg officially opened its Protea Glen Fire Station on 18 June 2021. The R50 million fire station took 10 years to complete and is to serve the community of Protea Glen and surrounding areas, particularly Naledi, Mapetla, Protea North, Lufereng and Lenasia. Managed by a team of highly skilled fire fighters, the facility is a multi-purpose station and is also the home of the tenth BeSafe Centre in the City of Johannesburg. At the helm of the Protea Glen Fire Station is Johannesburg’s EMS Acting Chief Rapulane Monageng, who said the facility competes with the best in the province.
The executive mayor, Cllr Geoff Makhubo, has also announced that the City has received 10 fire and rescue vehicles previously paid for by the City in an irregular and unlawful contract awarded by the City in the previous administration.
“The City had paid an amount of R172 million for fire engines, which were never delivered and for which the current administration vowed to recover value for the residents of Johannesburg whose monies were irregularly and unlawfully dispensed without benefit.” “Today (18 June 2021), in line with a Judgment of the High Court, we have successfully recovered five new fire engines and an additional five rapid response rescue vehicles to serve the communities of Johannesburg,” said Mayor Makhubo.
The opening of the fire station and the arrival of the fire and emergency vehicles coincide with the City‘s approval of R326-million to acquire fire engines and necessary machinery for all its 31 fire stations. The fire and rescue equipment to be purchased include vehicle extrication tools, hoses, drones to monitor fires, push-to-talk devices, expansion of the CCTV footprint around the City used for crime monitoring purposes and investing in new and advanced technology, such as face and car registration recognition.
He said, in the past, the City’s EMS has been troubled by the unacceptable delays when responding to incidents in new settlements and areas far from the fire stations around Soweto.
“The building of Protea Glen Fire Station is the premise upon a strategic goal to increase on the accessibility of the services to the community. These facilities are an embodiment of the City of Johannesburg Public Safety Department’s commitment to building safe communities, and therefore a safer city. As a city, we own responsibility to ensure that we save lives and properties of all the residents of the City, hence the building of the Protea Glen Fire station was critical,” said Mayor Makhubo.
The BeSafe Centre is the Emergency Management Services (EMS) Public Information, Education and Relations (PIER) team responsible for educating all our residents about life and fire safety. Innocent Shibambo has been tasked with managing the educational side of things at the station, Furthermore, the facility has a swimming pool, which will be used in conjunction with EMS’s partners, Swim SA, to teach children about water safety and how to respond to water-related incidents. There is also a fitness centre, which fire fighters can use to maintain their levels of fitness.
“We are pleased that that City’s Public Safety department has achieved such strides. The opening of the fire station, delivery of the fire and rescue equipment and approval of the budget will certainly aid us to deliver on the mandate to provide effective and professional emergency services to all residents of the City of Johannesburg. We, therefore, encourage all our residents to work with us to create safer Johannesburg,” added Mayor Makhubo.
Source: Lenasia Rising Sun (Edited), Soweto Urban, Jacaranda FM