SEROWE ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITY

The Fire Services in Botswana operates under the fire Services Act of 1994 which provides for the creation of a Fire Services for Botswana and shall be comprised of such Brigades as shall be necessary or desirable for the prevention and control of Fires in Botswana.

Its organization chart is as follows:

DIVISIONAL FIRE OFFICER

STATION FIRE OFFICER

SUB FIRE OFFICER SUB FIRE OFFICER

Training and Fire Prevention Operations and admin

LEADING FIREMAN LEADING FIREMAN LEADING FIREMAN

FIREMAN DRV I

FIREMAN I FIREMAN DRV II

FIREMAN II

CLEANER

To date 4 such brigades are operating within Central District Council i.e.

  • Palapye

  • Mahalapye

  • Serowe

  • Tutume

THE ROLE OF FIRE SERVICE

The Fire service is administered by clearly defined organizational structures. It requires a distinct team spirit stern discipline for concerted and instant reaction to a wide variety of emergencies, a high quality of leadership from its officers, continuous training an extremely wide of technical competence, a labour/employers relationship not comparable to that of other occupants and an ability to deal with the public during minor or major crises. The Fire Services is not profit oriented, and it has an obscure productivity pattern. It is a highly major consumer of tax pula and uses costly equipment, heavily dependent upon personnel and has therefore no satisfactory means of measuring the effectiveness of its operation relative to cost. Despite these complexities the fire services has generally performed well over the years.

Their functions can be viewed in three major concepts

  1. To protect life from fire or other disasters

  2. To protect property from fire and other disasters

  3. To render humanitarian services

These functions can be further broken down into the following:

  1. Control spread and extinction of fires

  2. Control and deal with hazardous materials, chemical spillage/leaking gases and related incidents

  3. Extricate trapped persons at road traffic accidents, stabilize the victims, remove them to a medical facility and provide pre hospital care to the injured.

  4. Stabilize vehicles involved in road traffic accidents and render roadways and/or incident scenes safe

  5. Pump out water from flooded premises

  6. Provides assistance to persons locked in or out of premises

  7. Extricate and rescue trapped pets or other animals

  8. Investigate causes of fire

  9. Disseminate fire prevention/protection education to the community

  10. Peruse building plans to ensure compliance with fire protection requirements for all new buildings

FIRE SERVICE STANDARDS

STANDARD NO

DESCRIPTION

DEFINION

UNIT

STANDARDS

1

Incident response time

Time taken between receiving a call actual/responding

minute

2 minutes

2

Fire safety inspection

Time taken between request for inspection and actual inspection

hours

24 hours

3

Fire safety Lectures

Time taken between request for service (after payment)and actual lecture

days

5 days

4

Incident attendance time

Time taken to arrive at an incident in Serowe

minute

8 minutes

5

Fire report

Time taken to prepare a report after an incident

hours

24 hours

6

Joint Inspection

Time taken to attend to a request for a joint inspection

days

7 days

CONCLUSION

It is clear therefore that in addition to the fire service oriented activities, the fire department provides a wide range of emergency assistance to the community. In fact when faced with an emergency situation where no one else is able to help you, the fire services will always be at your disposal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

Call them on 998 or 4631127 Serowe