The City of Cape Town’s newest fire station is making inroads in its community after becoming operational a few months ago.
The Kommetjie Road Fire Station services Ocean View, Masiphumelele, Imhoff’s Gift and Kommetjie, and also serves as back up to the Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek fire stations.
The facility has been fully operational since February, with a fire engine, bush tender and a skid unit at the ready to be deployed.
Three platoons do duty on a rotational basis.
The fire station also has a trauma room, which is a critical service point to stabilise patients who are unable to get to the nearest hospital in time.
To date, the Kommetjie Road fire station has already attended to more than 100 calls, including bush and grass fires, residential fires and special service calls including motor vehicle accidents.
The City is incredibly proud of this addition to our collection of fire stations. Ordinarily, we would have been delighted to launch it with the deserved fanfare. However, in keeping with national guidelines due to COVID-19, we felt this occasion would be better served by ensuring everyone’s health and safety. It is nonetheless important to inform the public, and particularly residents of the deep south that the service is available to them.
The addition of the Kommetjie Road fire station takes the City’s overall number of fire stations to 31.
The station was constructed at a cost of R16,7 million, including the installation of a generator, furniture, appliances and computers.
Work is continuing to capacitate the Sir Lowry’s Pass station so that it too can become operational in the near future.
These facilities are welcome additions to our basket of services and reaffirm the City’s commitment to building safer communities.
The areas where they have been constructed are no coincidence – Sir Lowry’s Pass will service the communities in Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, Lwandle, Nomzamo and the surrounding mountains.
Kommetjie Road is situated in an area that is known for both bush and grass fires annually, particularly during the warmer period, as well as residential fires. This fire station will therefore serve to shorten the response times to various incidents that occur.
I encourage the communities who will benefit from these services to forge a bond with our staff and work with them to advance fire safety in their environments, particularly as winter takes hold.
Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town