Amasondo Fleet Services, a division of Eqstra Fleet Management and Logistics, has delivered four (4) rapid intervention vehicles (RIV’s) and eight (8) Skid vehicles to the Sekhukhune District Municipality to enhance the Municipality’s fire-fighting capabilities. The 3-year contract will be managed by Amasondo, the contract manager for specialized vehicles for the Sekhukhune District Municipality.
The custom built units utilize Toyota Land Cruiser chassis, chosen for their rugged durability and excellent off road capabilities. Amasondo partnered with Marcé, a company specialising in firefighting technology, on this project.
The highly maneuverable RIV’s are designed to allow fire fighters to respond rapidly to accidents, vehicle fires, informal settlement fires etc in an urban environment. They are equipped with ultra-high pressure pumps with foam capabilities together with two 50m hose reels. Other features include:
- Large storage locker for equipment
- TNT hydraulic rescue tools
- Replacement bumper with winch
- Roof storage for basket stretcher, ladder etc
- Emergency light and siren
- Rope rescue capability
- Medical response capability
The 8 skid units are custom designed for veldt and brush fires. Equipment on the vehicles includes a 600L ultra high pressure pump with foam capabilities together with axes, grass beaters, knapsack tanks, rake hoes etc.
Accepting the vehicles Sekhukhune Executive Mayor Stan Ramaila said that the district had not had any firefighting capability for the past two decades. “Many of our people never imagined that democracy will bring benefits such as fire-fighting and disaster management services within their own localities. This to me represents a major milestone in terms of our service delivery agenda” he added.