A multi-million rand fire station recently constructed in Elliot is set to bring the much needed relief to the community of Sakhisizwe Local Municipality.
The Chris Hani District Municipality has handed over the top class fire station valued at R7,9 million.
The fire station will service the communities of Cala and Elliot with CHDM Executive Mayor Kholiswa Vimbayo, officially opening the premises this week, CHDM indicated in a statement today.
The areas had to rely on fire engines dispatched outside town on incidents of house or veld fires.
Vimbayo said the farming community were often the most heavily impacted during fires.
“We were deeply concerned about the distance travelled by our fire trucks and felt some of the fires could have been easily contained had this was not the case. As the district, we also plan to have snow combating equipment at these premises which will assist us to effectively respond to such occurrences.”
She also cautioned the community about risks associated with unmonitored fires and the related dire consequences.
Sakhisizwe Local Municipality Mayor, Siyabulela Nxozi, said the station would bring relief to the area.
“The absence of a nearby fire station posed as a serious threat to our people, especially during the season of veld fires.”
He said the area was prone to veld and house fires and highlighted that about seven houses were gutted so far this year.
He thanked the district for the intervention and support. The station premises will also house water services and billing offices in an effort to bring services closer to the people.