Covid-19 virus delays launch of fire station

Kommetjie Road fire station

The Kommetjie Road fire station, one of Cape Town’s newest, has been operational since February, but its official launch was delayed by the Covid-19 crisis.

Built at a cost of R16.7 million, including a generator, furniture, appliances and computers, the station brings to 31 the number of City of Cape Town fire stations.

Equipped with a fire engine, bush tender and a skid unit, it services Ocean View, Masiphumelele, Imhoff’s Gift and Kommetjie and supports the Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek fire stations.

Three platoons do duty on a rotational basis. The station also has a trauma room, which, according to mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, can be used to stabilise patients who can’t get to the nearest hospital in time.

The station has already attended to more than 100 calls, including bush and grass fires, residential fires and special service calls, including motor vehicle accidents.