MUTARE is operating with one fire tender and a single ambulance covering a population of approximately 260 000, according to the 2012 census.
This was revealed during a recent service delivery meeting by city deputy mayor Farai Bhiza.
City authorities recently came under fire from ratepayers for secretly purchasing top of the range vehicles for executives at the expense of service delivery.
Management has denied the claims saying the information was being peddled by “enemies of progress”.
“We have a single fire tender to cater for the city. It is far short of six which are required to service the entire city.
“We also have to service Rusape but in this case, it’s difficult if we have an accident on the outskirts of our city,” said the city father.
Bhiza also said the city was being serviced by one ambulance instead of three.
The population in Mutare has ballooned due to city expansion projects which have seen many people migrate to the urban area for better living conditions.
Bhiza said council was proposing to establish a fire station in Dangamvura high density suburb to assist the old facility in the city centre which was constructed in the then Rhodesia.