CoW to receive firefighting boost

The City of Windhoek (CoW) has agreed to accept a donation of two Mitsubishi Fuso fire engines from the Embassy of the United States of America in Namibia that are valued at N.dollars 2.2 million.

The decision to accept the donation � although it is still subject to the approval of the Minister of Urban and Rural Development � was taken at the municipality's monthly council meeting in the capital recently.

This information is captured in CoW's monthly report which is in Nampa's possession.

In January, CoW's Department of Economic Development and Community Services was approached by the U.S. Consulate in Namibia to ascertain if the Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Division is interested in receiving to fire engines offered by their government as donations.

The vehicles were to be sourced from the U.S. Department in Okinawa, Japan.

At a meeting held on 15 January 2019 between CoW officials and the U.S. Consulate, whereupon the latter informed the embassy representatives that the donation would be welcome provided that the necessary approval is obtained from the line minister.

While waiting for feedback, an email was received on 14 August 2019 with details of the vehicles and confirmation that the cargo is already shipped with an estimated arrival date of 13 September 2019 in Walvis Baydespite the short time given to obtain approval, this information could not have come at the right time as we are facing extreme difficulties to procure new vehicles due to the City's financial position, reads a section of the dossier.

Both fire engines (vehicles) are Mitsubishi Fuso FM515JFS while their model year is 1998.

The mileage on one reads 31 941 kilometers while the other stands at 22 419 kilometers.

This donation, if given a go-ahead by the line minister, Peya Mushelenga would greatly enhance the City's capacity of fire and rescue service delivery.

The additional vehicles make it possible for the City of Windhoek to extend its emergency response capacity to the growing informal settlements, Windhoek Rural Constituency areas that fall within the extended boundary lines such as Ongos township development, the Mix Settlement, Groot Aub, Finkenstein, Hosea Kutako International Airport and coverage of important road networks such as the B1 road between Windhoek/Okahandja, Windhoek/Rehoboth and the Trans Kalahari route, it further reads.

The donation will cover all shipping costs to the Walvis Bay Port and Windhoek, while CoW will only have to provide administrative support to ensure that the vehicles are registered in line with the clause 30(z)(i) of the Local Authorities Act which governance municipalities in Namibia.

Efforts to get a comment from Mushelenga on the donation's approval or rejection were futile as his mobile phone went unanswered.

Source: Namibia Press Agency