With the present development of the Colombo City and its suburb, many skyscraper buildings with multiple floors are being constructed and hence there is an urgent necessity for ensuring the safety of these properties and the inhabitants.

However, the vehicle fleet of the Fire Service Department in Colombo Municipal Council is very old and incurring a significant expenditure for annual maintenance. Hence there is a necessity to have a new fleet of vehicle in order to minimize the maintenance cost as well as to ensure the safety of the properties and the inhabitants.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Internal & Home Affairs and Provincial Councils & Local Government has concluded a contract agreement with the M/S Rosenbauer International AG with a total estimated cost of Euro 10,317,000 (approximately Rs. 2100 mn) for Supplying of Firefighting Vehicles and Equipment for the Colombo Municipal Councils. 6 medium tank fire fighting and rescue vehicles, 3 heavy tank fire fighting vehicles, 2 heavy rescue vehicles, a mobile command centre and 3 aerial ladders will be supplied under this contract.

The UniCredit Bank, Austria, AG agreed to provide a loan of Euro 10.317 million in support of the above project. The Loan Signing ceremony of the above Loan Agreement with the UniCredit Bank was held at the premises of Bank Austria in Vienna with the participation of Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Director General of the Department of External Resources, Mr. Dieter Hengl (Member of board) and Mrs. Mary-Ann Hayes on 12th February 2019.

 

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