Overstrand Municipality's Fire Department received a significant boost with the delivery of a brand new fire fighting vehicle late last year.
The vehicle costs R 3.6 million without additional emergency equipment such as ‘jaws of life’ etc, and can hold 5 000 litres of water and 500 litres of foam .
The ‘rural major pumper’ is built on a 4x4 Iveco Trakker AD 190/380 chassis and fitted with a Godiva 4010 P2-pump.
This multi-purpose fire engine is ideally suited to deal with structural, informal and veld fires. It can also assist with motor vehicle accidents (excluding medical treatment).
Fire Chief Lester Smith requested land owners to “please ensure that their properties provide access for such vehicles.”
Where fire truck access is required, the minimum distance restriction is as follows:
- Width 4 m meters
- Height 4 meters
- Length 8 meters
“The fire engine will increase our response capacity, but we need the landowners to manage the landscape to reduce the inherent fire risk in our areas,’ he said.