Two more fire trucks from Lobel

HARARE - Harare City Council's fire department has received a shot in the arm after United States-based well-wisher Peter Lobel donated two fire tenders worth around $46 000.

Lobel, who donated two similar trucks last year, said he continues to be driven by his desire to save lives and property under avertable circumstances.

“I cannot tell you how much appreciation I have received after I donated the first fire tenders. Some people tell me after six months they will be broken down but if you go to records you will see how many lives would have been saved and property worth thousands.

“I always think of how difficult it is to be faced with jumping out of a high window or being consumed by a fire like General (Solomon) Mujuru. That prompted me to come with more tenders,” said Lobel.

Lobel , who is son of the family which founded the Lobels Bakery, promptly formed the Solomon Mujuru Foundation after the death of the ex-army commander and liberation war hero in a fire that razed his Beatrice farm house in August 2011.

Council has responded to 990 fire break outs since January last year.

Receiving the trucks, Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda said since the inception of the foundation, many corporates have now been responding to the department’s needs.

“What Peter started 18 months ago has become an epidemic. Lafarge refurbished an ambulance truck recently, OK Zimbabwe gave us $50 000 and Delta made another pledge as they take a leaf from what he did,” said Masunda while further alluding that Lobel “is at risk” of being conferred freedom of the city status.

Council’s chief fire officer Savious Mugavha said this brings the fleet to seven.

“We have been struggling for long but have witnessed some change over the last two years. We however need five more trucks to operate efficiently “ he said. - Staff Writer

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