City to open fire stations to mark International Firefighters Day

To celebrate the efforts and incredible work of firefighters, the city’s fire stations will be open to the public on Wednesday, May 4.

It’s about giving residents the opportunity to learn more about the services and the work they do to protect them.

Member of the city’s Mayor’s Committee for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, said he wanted to remind residents that these unsung heroes put their lives on the line selflessly and to save lives.

“Our firefighters not only endure long hours in unbearable heat, but they provide a much needed service crucial to the safety and security of all of our residents,” he said.

He said that on International Firefighters Day, it is their honor to congratulate seasonal firefighters, as well as their permanent staff, in the fire and rescue service.

“The 40 seasonal firefighters have increased the service over the past six months, recruited for the summer season to help fight wildfires. Allowing the Service to respond to 8,202 wildfires between November 2021 and April 2022.

This is in addition to the thousands of emergency calls the fire and rescue service responds to throughout the year – 22,632 to be exact, between May 1, 2021 and April 28, 2022,” a- he declared.

He added that the city’s fire and rescue department has 64 fire trucks, 29 tank trucks, 26 skid units, 17 rescue vehicles and 13 aerial vehicles.

Addressing the challenges they face, Smith said it is untrue that in the course of their duties they are attacked and sabotaged by the people they are trying to help.

“I want to remind residents that these men and women selflessly risk their lives and are here to save the very lives of those attacking them and their equipment. It is unacceptable that in the course of their duties, their pipes are sabotaged, vehicles damaged and they are stripped of the city and their personal property,” he said.

The fire stations that will be open to the public on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. are Atlantis, Belhar, Bellville, Epping, Goodwood, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Kommetjie Road, Kuilsriver, Lakeside, Milnerton, Mitchells Plain, Ottery, Roeland Street, Salt River, Sir Lowry’s, Strand and Wynberg

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