On June 18, the City of Johannesburg (South Africa) opened the Protea Glen Fire Station, which serves the community of Protea Glen as well as Naledi, Mapetla, Protea North, Lufereng, and Lenasia.
The facility is a multi-purpose station and is also the home of the 10th BESAFE CENTRE—the Emergency Management Services Public Information, Education, and Relations team responsible for educating all residents about life and fire safety—in Johannesburg.
In addition, city officials announce that Johannesburg has received 10 fire and rescue vehicles previously paid for by the prior administration.
“The City had paid an amount of R172 million [just over $12 million] for fire engines which were never delivered and for which the current administration vowed to recover value for the residents of Johannesburg whose monies were irregularly and unlawfully dispensed without benefit. Today (June 18), in line with a Judgment of the High Court, we have successfully recovered five new fire engines and an additional five rapid response rescue vehicles to serve the communities of Johannesburg,” says Mayor Makhubo in a press release.
The opening of the station and arrival of the vehicles coincide with Johannesburg’s approval of R326-million [almost $23 million] to acquire apparatus for all its 31 stations.