Joburg EMS admits to shortage of fire engines in the city

The Johannesburg Emergency Services (EMS) says it is working to replace a fleet of about 104 vehicles and has put a contingency plan in place to make up for the shortfall of fire engines.

The city says its service provider has been unable to supply them with new vehicles after it went on business rescue.

EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi admits that this has affected their response time.

Most of our vehicles are old, they spend more time at the workshops being repaired instead of being on the road servicing our residents. However, we have come up with a plan to try and place our vehicles strategically while we look at replacing the aging fleet.

Robert Mulaudzi, EMS spokesperson

The situation actually came about when our service provider went on business rescue, now we have had to start again with the process of procuring new vehicles.

Robert Mulaudzi, EMS spokesperson

In terms of the response time, to be honest, it has affected our response times. Because of the shortages we now have to take maybe 20 [minutes]to half an hour to respond to emergencies, but we want to reassure of residents that we are doing our best to replace all our vehicles.

Robert Mulaudzi, EMS spokesperson

He says vehicles have been strategically placed to service each district.

We make sure that every single district has got vehicles which will be able to service a specific area. For instance in Soweto we have got four fire stations, at least two fire stations have got a vehicle which can service the area. Yes we will have a challenge in terms of responding maybe later than what was excepted but you will definitely get the service.

Robert Mulaudzi, EMS spokesperson

Click on the link below to hear more from Mulaudzi....


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[LISTEN] Heavy flooding hampers Mozambique cyclone relief

[LISTEN] Heavy flooding hampers Mozambique cyclone relief

Gift of the Givers says heavy flooding outside of Beira has posed some difficulties in its rescue and relief efforts.

'Not being convicted of a crime is not adequate criteria for an election list'

'Not being convicted of a crime is not adequate criteria for an election list'

Prof Mary Metcalfe is one of the signatories of an open letter penned to the African National Congress (ANC).

The Survivors: Surviving Sidney Frankel, the ‘paedophile’ billionaire

The Survivors: Surviving Sidney Frankel, the ‘paedophile’ billionaire

In the first episode of “The survivors” series, Joanne Joseph sits down with Nicci Diamond Levenstein, a Sidney Frankel survivor.

Businessman at loggerheads with City of Joburg over land expropriation

Businessman at loggerheads with City of Joburg over land expropriation

Holilal Ajodha says the City wants to expropriate his land without compensation although it promised to adhere to a ruling.

Drunk in charge of an ambulance: EMS employee arrested for alleged drunk driving

Drunk in charge of an ambulance: EMS employee arrested for alleged drunk driving

Disciplinary and criminal procedures are currently underway following the incident in Cape Town on Tuesday morning.

'FS private ambulance company received 'unusual' increases under Magashule'

'FS private ambulance company received 'unusual' increases under Magashule'

Investigative journalist Marcus Low says Buthelezi EMS netted more than R15-million from two suspected backdated price increases.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] The concept behind The Leonardo - Sandton's new skyscraper

[LISTEN] The concept behind The Leonardo - Sandton's new skyscraper

The Leonardo in Sandton may become the tallest building in Africa.

New Ipsos poll shows ANC winning 2019 election, rates Ramaphosa a vote puller

New Ipsos poll shows ANC winning 2019 election, rates Ramaphosa a vote puller

Senior client officer at Ipsos, Mari Harris says President Cyril Ramaphosa's trust index is higher than other leaders.

'Leaving Neverland' director: Michael Jackson groomed boys and their families

'Leaving Neverland' director: Michael Jackson groomed boys and their families

'Leaving Neverland' director Dan Reed talks about the making of the explosive Michael Jackson documentary and what it reveals.

'Its not good enough to say you just found out that SA trains are never on time'

'Its not good enough to say you just found out that SA trains are never on time'

Eusebius McKaiser shares his views on president Cyril Ramaphosa's train expirience on Monday.

Kilometres of boiler tube leaks 'are biting us big time' says Eskom COO

Kilometres of boiler tube leaks 'are biting us big time' says Eskom COO

Eskom's Jan Oberholzer says it has discovered boiler tube leaks which continue for kilometres and is working to repair this.

'The next Steinhoff is around the corner!'

'The next Steinhoff is around the corner!'

The Steinhoff-debacle happened while the world praised SA for its auditing standards. Bruce Whitfield interviews Dr Steven Firer.

Did you know? SA exports electricity to seven countries in Southern Africa

Did you know? SA exports electricity to seven countries in Southern Africa

Senior Researcher at Africa Check Kate Wilkinson shares their latest from their fact-finding missions.