Lack of fire engines in Malvern a concern

Malvern Fire Station was unable to assist residents on September 18 when a fire broke out at a property on 24th Street.

The fire started at about 5.30pm, destroying three backroom dwellings on a property.

According to Ward 65 Clr Lindani Zulu, he went to the fire station to ask for a fire engine and received no assistance.

Firefighting teams from Johannesburg Central Fire Station attended to the fire. No injuries were reported.

“The cause of the fire is unknown,” said City of Joburg Emergency Management Services spokesperson, Robert Mulaudzi.

In response to the lack of fire engines at Malvern, Mulaudzi said: “Malvern station has one fire engine and it’s currently in for repairs,” said Mulaudzi.

In June, the EXPRESS reported that Zulu had expressed his concerns about the lack of service from the Malvern Fire Station.

He told the EXPRESS that the fire station had been without a fire engine for some time, and the community had been complaining that when there are fires, they have to wait for fire engines from other areas to assist them.

He also wrote a letter to MMC for Public Safety Michael Sun requesting fire engines to be allocated to Malvern Fire Station.

Firefighting teams from Johannesburg Central Fire Station attended to the blaze.

Luyanda Longwe stakeholder relation manager for public safety said the Malvern station is being assisted by the Fairview Fire Station.

“Fairview is within the same district as Malvern Fire Station to assist when there is a fire that breaks out. Until the procurement process is completed, Fairview which has a brand new fire engine will continue to assist along Brixton and Florida,” said Longwe.

Responding to concerns about Malvern Station not having a fire engine, Luyanda Lunika, stakeholder liaison for corporate shared and services, said they are in a process of procuring fire engines.

“An advert is out in the city’s website for a tender to supply fire engines. The bid document will be uploaded on the e-Portal, and is run for a period of 30 days due to its estimated value which is more than R10-million, and closing on October 18,” said Lunika.

He said the process will take time because of stages it has to go through.

“Upon closure, there will be scheduling of bids on the same day and upon completion, it would be handed over to the approved Bid Evaluation Committee for extensive evaluation,” explained Lunika.

He said further review and financial analysis of the preferred bidder will be done to assess the financial capacity of the preferred bidder.

“The BEC would then submit their report for adjudication by the Bid Adjudication Committee who would then recommend to the accounting officer for a decision to award to a preferred bidder,” said Lunika.

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Busi Vilakazi

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