The City of Ekurhuleni’s Executive Mayor, Cllr Mzwandile Masina officially opened the multi-million Rand, state-of-the-art Germiston Fire Station on October 5. The Fire Station will serve, the Germiston CBD, Germiston Precinct, the Ekurhuleni Mining Belt, Dukathole and Good Hope informal settlements, Rand Airport and Industrial areas surrounding Germiston.
The work to rebuild the station started in 2015. The newly refurbished fire station will boast enough parking space to accommodate a Hydraulic Platform (HP) Fire Engine, a Water Tanker Fire Engine, a Major Water Pumper Fire Engine, a smaller Grass Unit Fire Engine used for confined spaces and at least three ambulances.
The new building has a modern gym for the firefighters to keep fit, separate change rooms and locker rooms where they keep the fire gear, a boardroom and the technologically protected offices.
The station is strategically designed for easy access for the fire engine during and after responding to the calls.
The station is based at the new Germiston precinct, surrounded by new blocks of residential flats. It is not far from the local industrial area.
On the day the Executive Mayor also launched the fleet that included 37 ambulances, two Major Pumpers with 4000-litre tank capacity, two water tankers with 10 000 litre tank capacity each, one major rescue pumper only used to carry rescue equipment, one rescue pumper with 4 000 litre tank capacity. A brand new Hydraulic Platform “Bronto Sky Lighter” which can reach the height of 37 metres, the fire engine was amongst the fleet. It is similar to the one used during the fire in the City Centre of Johannesburg a month ago.
Emergency Services demonstrated the water transfer system at Germiston Lake, which is the only one of its kind in Africa. The system can transfer water from the open source to a distance of about five kilometres in a high pressure for a sustainable supply at the major fire scenes. The Executive Mayor and his Mayoral Committee, including senior officials of the City witnessed the demonstration.
The system can supply about eight fire engines with enough pressure for the entire operation on the scene. The Water Ambassador, which is one of the equipment put to practice, can discharge 24000 litres per minute at the pressure of above 10 bars (1000 KPA) through the supply of eight 100mm diameter hoses at once.
The newly built structure amounted to R56,6 million, which Mayor Masina says, is an investment to the business, community and citizens at large, not forgetting neighbouring cities as well.