The Tembisa Fire Station is grappling with a severe shortage of staff, revealing a 36% deficit in the required personnel. Despite the South African National Standards indicating a minimum of 56 personnel, the station only has 36 firefighters.
This operational shortfall raises concerns about the firefighters’ capacity and continuous strain. The broader issue extends to the City of Ekurhuleni, which falls short by 432 firefighters, impacting the speed and reliability of emergency services.
In response, the DA plans to table a motion urging the declaration of the 432 vacant positions as critical and emphasising the need for urgent action to meet minimum standards.
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