Mangaung Fire & Rescue Services gear up for expected heavy rains

Members from SAPS and The Mangaung Fire and Rescue Services

The Mangaung Fire and Rescue Services are ready and on standby. This after the Mangaung Metro Municipality has issued a warning of potential localised flooding. Divisional Officer of the Mangaung Fire and Rescue Service, Braam van Zyl, told Bloemfontein Courant in an interview that all four fire stations are manned 24 hours a day and will be ready to respond immediately.

The MMM has urged its residents to be cautious on the roads and their homes as the SA Weather Services issued an impact-based warning, level 4, for disruptive rain. The rains are expected to take place from Wednesday 27 January till Friday 29 January 2021.

“We have four shifts that rotate. There is always one shift (day shift and night shift) on duty manning the four stations and three shifts serving. In an emergency, the threeservice shifts are also deployed,” Van Zyl said.

A big water rescue exercise took place between the Air Force, Military, Medical Units, SAPSA diving team, Provincial Ambulance Services and the Fire Brigade and with this Van Zyl believes that everyone should be ready in case of an emergency.

“Localised flash-floods can be expected in low-lying areas, roads and informal settlements. This could also result in difficult driving conditions due to reduced visibility. Agricultural communities are also expected to suffer severe crop damages,” said Municipality spokesperson, Qondile Khedama.


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