GWERU City Council has acquired two state-of-the-art fire engines sourced through the British humanitarian organisation Operation Florian, a council official said.
The fire equipment arrived in the city last week.
Chairperson of the finance committee, councillor Albert Chirau told the Southern Eye that the fire engines were sourced after the municipality paid $30 000 to Operation Florian, which in turn helped in the acquisition of the equipment.
He said the arrival of the fire equipment was a milestone for Gweru which has been facing challenges with its ageing fire tenders.
“Getting the two fire tenders acquired through the help of Operation Florian is a milestone for us as we had no capacity to deal with fire emergencies because of depleted fire engines,” Chirau said.
Chirau said the city was now better equipped to deal with fire emergencies.
Last year 21 vehicles, including three omnibuses, were burnt to shells, as the city’s department failed to deal with the fires due to inadequate equipment.