The Lesedi Local Municipality held a handover ceremony for the new top-class fire engine the municipality worth R6 million.
Executive mayor, Councilor Lerato Maloka led the event at the Heidelberg Town Hall during a grand parade on Tuesday, September 8.
The newly acquired fire engine will make emergency responses faster and efficient.
The new fire engine adds to the three existing in the municipality’s fleet. Currently, one in good condition and two have to be serviced regularly.
“Previously, we budgeted for two fire engines. The other two were supported by the Department of Cooperative Governance to support us in dealing with issues of emergency.
Towards year-end, we will be receiving two fire engines which will be stationed at Impumlelo in Devon,” said the mayor.
After the formalities, the firefighters took the new fire engine on a test drive around the Municipal Chambers.
When asked what the fire engine means for Lesedi Municipality the mayor said it means a lot.
“We can’t fail our people. These are basic services as a municipality, under normal circumstances we must be able to provide to communities,” she said.
Lesedi Municipality Speaker Mluleki Nkosi led the unveiling ceremony alongside members of the local council and the front line workers of the Fire and Rescue department.