Cold front a big relief on firefighter following day of intense flare ups

 Cape town heavy Rain helped calm down flames after intense flare-ups in Somerset West on Monday. Firefighters have battled for days to get the fires under control, dealing with multiple flare ups, with the arrival of a cold front providing some much needed relief.

 On average, the City’s Fire and Rescue Service had 24 firefighting appliances and 90 staff members in Somerset West per day, assisted by various other agencies. This is after two fire broke out since last week in Somerset West and Tableview.

‘However, now our Disaster Risk Management Teams and other related City services are on standby to manage any adverse impacts from the series of cold fronts. Thus far no major incidents have been reported, but we remind the public to always have the City’s public emergency communication number on speed-dial. That number is 021 480 7700 from a cellphone and 107 from a landline,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

by Everngelista Muza


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