AN advanced new water tanker and fully equipped fire and rescue vehicle are set to significantly enhance Kouga Municipality’s ability to respond effectively to emergency situations across the entire region.
The two new vehicles were poured at a combined cost of R3.5 million – boosting Kouga’s emergency fleet to 14 fire and rescue vehicles which are stationed across the region.
The new fire and rescue vehicle replaces the old bakkie that will now be solely used for rescue operations.
The municipality’s Housing Department has also received a new Nissan double cab bakkie.
“We are very proud of this latest addition to the municipal fleet,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks. “The two new fire-fighting vehicles will strengthen the capacity of our fire department to keep Kouga safe, while the newly-purchased bakkie will help to improve service delivery.”
He said the three new vehicles brought the number of vehicles that had been added to Kouga’s fleet over the past four years to 58.
The vehicles procured include eight TLB’s, eight Toyota LDV’s and two chippers. A new 4×4 bakkie and quad bike have also been purchased for the municipality’s lifeguards, as well as five brand new bakkies for the municipality’s Electrical Services Section.
“The municipal fleet was in a terrible condition when we took over control of the municipality in 2016,” said Hendricks. “This had a devastating impact on service delivery and the morale of staff who had to struggle to get things done without the right equipment on hand,” he said.
“We have since then been implementing a fleet replacement plan. In addition to the new vehicles, we strengthened the capacity of the municipal workshop.
“The workshop team has been doing an incredible job and has refurbished over 115 vehicles, adding further muscle to the municipality’s service fleet.”
One of the latest refurbishments is an old Komatsu TLB and a MAN tipper truck, two cherry pickers and one old fire truck. They have also repaired and refurbished four sewerage suction tankers, and one old redundant refuse compactor has been converted into a sanitation truck.