The City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department launched a fleet of five specialised vehicles at an event at the Emergency Services headquarters in Tshwane on Wednesday,12 August 2020. The investment in the new specialised vehicles, which include an E-One aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) tender from Fleet Africa, a special infectious unit (SIU) ambulance, an intensive care unit (ICU) ambulance, an armoured ambulance and an armoured fire engine, is more than R30 million. TFM built the SIU, ICU and armoured ambulances as well as the armoured fire engine. The two armoured vehicles are an outright purchase that is City-owned, whereas the two special unit ambulances and the E-One ARFF tender were purchased on a five-year full-maintenance lease from Fleet Africa. In his keynote address, the City of Tshwane head administrator, Mpho Nawa, charged the emergency services personnel to use the fleet to “continuously ignite excellence by ensuring that the fleet responds throughout the city”. He further reiterated that, “no one should be left behind”, insisting that the fleet should respond to the outermost parts of the city, as and when required. “Tshwane, as the capital city, is committed to global undertakings like the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction and the Millennium Development Goals of which South Africa is a signatory,” said Nawa.
The acting city manager, Ms Mmaseabata Mutlaneng, acknowledged and praised the management of the Tshwane Emergency Services Department for sterling work in ensuring that the department acquires a ‘state-of-the-art’ fleet, which is the first of its kind in the emergency services fraternity in South Africa. “An expectation has been created by members of the public for a timely emergency response with the right skill and the right resource,” added Mutlaneng. Mutlaneng went on to receive a handover key from Hugo Lambrechts, a commercial executive at FleetAfrica, to handover to the acting Chief of Emergency Services, Chief Tanja Terblanché.
The E-One ARFF tender will enhance the capacity of Wonderboom National Airport in responding to fire fighting emergencies to mitigate, evacuate and rescue passengers and crew of aircraft involved in aviation accidents and incidents.
The SIU ambulance will aid the care and transportation of suspected or known patients with infectious diseases or contamination from incidents or interfacility transfers.
The ICU ambulance will aid the transportation of patients requiring intensive care during transportation from incidents or interfacility transfers.
The armoured ambulance will enable rapid access and retrieval of the injured during incidents perceived to be life-threatening for a normal response.
The armoured fire engine will enable emergency services to effect fire fighting and other rescue operations during incidents perceived to be life-threatening for a normal response.
These emergency vehicles have state-of-the-art equipment and the latest professional tools on the market. They will operate throughout Tshwane to ensure that professional assistance is available at the scene of incidents to deal with these promptly and efficiently in the shortest time possible.
The new vehicles are part of the City of Tshwane’s strategic emergency services fleet replacement programme. The City is very pleased with the new modern fleet vehicles, as they will ensure the sustainable delivery of emergency services.
Source: Charles Mabaso, deputy chief: public information and liaison officer, City of Tshwane Emergency Services