Emakhazeni fire fighters get kitted out

Mpumalanga feel empowered and ready to take on any flame in the area

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The fire fighters of the Emakhazeni Local Municipality in Belfast, Mpumalanga feel empowered and ready to take on any flame in the area after receiving brand new kit from Trans African Concessions (TRAC).

Eleven full uniforms and bunker gear were donated to the fire brigade as part of TRAC’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) commitment to the communities of Emakhazeni who have in recent times come under economic and social pressure. In addition, TRAC also funded the final phase of the upgrade of the Emakhazeni Fire Station building which included the completion of the facility’s automatic bay doors, entry gates and wall repairs.

The request for the sponsorship, valued at over R1 million, came from TRAC’s patrol and roadside assistance contractors Masiwilange, who by working closely with the fire brigade learnt of challenges the unit was facing. Given that fire fighters play a vital role in response to emergencies in their area, including the N4 Toll Route, TRAC committed whole-heartedly to the sponsorship.

The handover function was held at the fire station itself and attended by local government dignitaries including Emakhazeni acting mayor, Thandiwe Scheffers, Municipal manager E Tshabalala, the Deputy Manager: Enforcement, Security and Public Safety Community Services, Vusi Mnisi and Fire Chief January Monkonyane, who was also awarded his Fire Chief title at the event.

During the event Councillor Scheffers thanked TRAC for the contribution saying that the community was very blessed to have the concessionaires support. “We are so grateful to TRAC for opening their wallet and empowering our community even more.”

In response, TRAC CEO Graham Esterhuysen, said that essential services such as firefighting are the foundation of a community and therefore it is imperative that they are geared to assist in any sort of emergency within their municipality. “It is our pleasure to have committed to this sponsorship as we strongly believe that firemen do more than just fight fires. They are a fundamental part of any community, giving those they serve a sense of security.”

According to Mr Esterhuysen TRAC will continue to assist the emergency services of the area as much as possible. He also urged the local community to co-operate with the men and women who put their lives in danger to help others in an effort to make life better for all.

The guest of honours, the fire fighters themselves, were so elated with their new gear that they not only paraded for the municipal and TRAC officials, but also entertained them with some song and dance during the event.

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