Harare city council emergency preparedness under scrutiny

Harare city council emergency preparedness under scrutiny

By John Nhandara

THE Harare City Council has been exposed for lack of emergency response mechanisms in the wake of revelations that the local authority is operating with 11 fire tenders out of the required 25.

The local authority is also operating with just seven ambulances out of the standard 35.

It emerged that the local council is incapacitated in terms of ensuring operational efficiency at its emergency services division.

This came out at a ceremony where businessman, Peter Lobel donated a fire tender and an ambulance to the local authority.

“I was touched by the fact that in 2011, I noticed the Harare City Council had one fire tender and from there, I have been mobilising resources to acquire fire tenders not only for Harare, but also for other councils such as Gokwe and Masvingo,” he said.

Harare City Council Acting Town Clerk, Engineer Phakamile Mabhena Moyo appreciated the gesture highlighting that most of their machines have broken down and require spares.

“We appreciate the donation because some of our fire tenders are down and it is very expensive to service them since we need to import most of the spare parts,” he said.

According to the local authority, there must be a fire tender on standby within a five-kilometre radius.