"The state of emergency services across the city should be fully capacitated and demonstrate that we are a capital city of the one of the biggest economies on the African continent." Those were the words of the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, when handing over new emergency vehicles on 16 March 2017 to the Heuweloord Fire Station.
The new emergency vehicles form part of a commitment made by the Executive Mayor to improve law enforcement by assessing the fitness of law enforcement and emergency personnel on a regular basis to ensure that they are well prepared to enforce and protect residents, as well as save their lives.
In capacitating the emergency services fleet, the City purchased 18 rapid intervention vehicles, 33 ambulances and 1 maxilance. The new fleet will assist the city in responding to incidents quicker than before.
"When there is an emergency, be it medical or fire-related, our people's most basic concern is whether the help will show up when needed, in time to save their lives," said Msimanga.
Msimanga also said that a similar fire station will be opened in Mamelodi in 2018, and thereafter one every two years in different locations.
The unveiling event also showcased the human spirit as Msimanga recognised the dedicated men and women in uniform who have served the department and the City for many years, ranging from 30 to 40 years.
The Heuweloord Fire Station will not only serve the communities of Heuweloord, Olievenhoutbosch, Laezonia, Sunderland Ridge, Mooiplaats, Laudium, Claudius, Erasmia and Wierdapark, but will also respond to motor vehicle accidents on the R55 and the N14 Pretoria/Krugersdorp highway, embodying to the golden hour concept.