The Gaborone Fire Brigade is in the middle of a crippling shortage of vehicles for use in their daily duties, forcing the Department to borrow transport from other organizations.
This has been confirmed by the Gaborone City Council Senior Public Relations Officer, Seeletso Lekgaba.
Lekgaba admitted that indeed they are faced with transport problems experienced from the past three weeks.
“I acknowledge that we have a problem with our cars all of which we have taken away for repair,” Lekgaba said. “The vehicles were reported not to be in good condition and therefore had to be taken for service.”
All 22 vehicles, such as F5, F6, F8, F9 and F20s, are out for repair.
Lekgaba said that they do not have any shortage of staff and the workers (about 71) who were on strike had re-applied and had been rehired.
“We are forced to outsource in this situation and even supplement by pulling other cars from mechanical services,” she said. “Other Government departments, like the BDF, are helping since we have notified them.”
The public has, however, been inconvenienced by this transport shortage.
In one of the incidents, a car accident that took place between Moshupa and Thamaga had to be attended to by fire engines from Lobatse after a lengthy wait to rescue trapped people.