Attacks on emergency services must stop

SOME of the new ambulances rolled out by the City of Ekurhuleni earlier this year.

WITH the festive season on our doorstep, the City of Ekurhuleni urges motorists and communities to cooperate with its Disaster and Emergency Management Services.

Speaking at the Ekurhuleni Press Club on Friday, spokespersons for the City of Joburg and Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Services, Robert Mulaudzi and William Ntladi, said the two cities were experiencing an increase in attacks on their staff, including damage to emergency vehicles and fire stations.

“In one of the attacks, one member had to discontinue practising as a firefighter because of the injuries she sustained. Other staff members are undergoing medical treatment and emotional counselling,” Ntladi said.

“Several vehicles had to be discontinued because of damage that occurred during the attacks.”

The attacks are irrational in that they reduce already strained resources which are meant for saving lives. They affect unarmed emergency personnel in many ways, impacting negatively on the communities who depend on their services.

Recent incidents in the City of Ekurhuleni include the following:

• Personnel were robbed and assaulted in Somalia Informal Settlement in Vosloorus on October 29.

• An ambulance was stoned at Greenfield in Palm Ridge on October 30.

• Personnel were assaulted and a fire engine shot at in Dukathole Informal Settlement in Germiston on July 16.

• Personnel from Leon Ferreira Fire Station had to dive for cover when shots were fired at them and their fire engine.

• A fire engine was stoned and its windscreen damaged during an attack at Angelo Informal Settlement on December 17 last year.

• A fire engine from Zonkizizwe Fire Station was burnt at Moleleki Extension Two on September 4 last year.

• Personnel from Daveyton Fire Station were shot at by a random gunman while working in the station premises on August 28 last year.

• Personnel from Primrose Fire Station sustained injuries and a fire engine was damaged during an attack at the station on August 13 last year.

• A paramedic was assaulted on the N3 northbound while attending to an accident scene on November 7 last year.


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