The Japanese government through its Malawian Embassy has donated two new Fire Engines with a capacity of 12.8 thousand Litres to Mzuzu City Council to help assist in putting out fire in the City.
FaceofMalawi speaking in an interview Acting Chief Executive Officer for the City Victor Masina, confirmed of the development expressing his hope that fire accidents will be ably contained with the coming in of the new engines.
According to Masina one of the motor facility serves both as water boozer and fire engine.
“Unlike the old one which has the water capacity of 1.8 thousand litres, the new big Engines carries 10 thousand litres while a small one has the capacity of 2.8 litres,” said Masina.
On the question of delays by fire fighter to respond to fire accidents, Masina said the council will sort out the issue since they have the new machines.
“Let me admit that our staff are sometimes delayed due to some logistics like fuel but this time we will sort out this problem so that the team responds to fire accident timely,” promised the Acting Chief Executive Officer.
“The other good news is that our fire Fighters will remain at the scene of accidents until fire is put out without moving up and down to draw water since we now have huge capacity,” added Masina.
The donation was a timely as Mzuzu City Council has been failing to put off fires previously due to low water carrying capacity of its only old fire engine; the worst being the two Main market fire accidents which destroyed merchandise worth millions of Kwachas.