Ailing City of Harare Fire Brigade is set to receive a lifeline, with council having already paid 65 000 pounds to acquire turn table equipment which is critical when fighting fires in tall buildings.Following stinging revelations by ZBC News that the fire utility is on the brink of collapse, city authorities have moved in to act.
Already, the Harare city council has paid 65 000 pounds for the procurement of turn table ladders and hydraulic platforms.
Harare Mayor, Mr. Muchadeyi Musunda admitted that the current situation at the fire brigade is an embarrassment adding that all efforts are being made to resuscitate the crucial fire utility.
â€œA US$15 million budget for the procurement of more fire fighting equipment such as fire tenders and fire engines had been drafted and they are hoping that once itâ€™s approved they will start purchasing,â€ said Mr. Masunda.
Harare fire station is the largest in the country and currently it has only two operational fire engines. It has three satellite stations in Waterfalls, Greendale and Kuwadzana which are currently lying idle.
He said under normal circumstances, Harare is not supposed to service other local authorities as they are supposed to have their own fire fighting equipment