THE Ongwediva town council has recorded more than 200 fire incidents between 2019 and 2020.
As a result, the municipality has decided to upgrade the town’s fire station for the third time in order to respond to such incidents in a timely and effective fashion.
Town council spokesperson, Jackson Muma said that the third phase of the construction started on 27 November and is expected to be completed by end of March.
Muma said the new building will consist of sleeping quarters for emergency personnel and a security guardhouse, with the aim of responding to fire incidents on a 24hour basis.
“Currently firefighters are picked up from their homes resulting in a delay in emergency responses. With the construction of sleeping quarters, time will improve from 15 minutes to at least 3 minutes,” he said.
Muma pointed out that the project was awarded to Building Contractor cc and will be constructed at the cost of N$ 1.5 million with the funding received from the central government.
The first phase of the station was constructed during the financial year of 2015/16, while the second phase was completed during the 2016/17 financial year.
A total of 254 fire incidents attended by firefighters from January to December last year compared to only 58 fire incidents reported in 2019. Only one incident was recorded since the start of 2021.