The issue of safety for paramedics in South Africa, but particularly in Cape Town, cannot be stressed enough. It is well known that the threat of violence and robbery against emergency medical service officials in the city at times prevents paramedics from arriving in dangerous areas soon enough to save[…]
With crime already out of control in South Africa and an eerie feeling of lawlessness roaming the streets, attacks on emergency medical services (EMS) personnel is the last thing this country needs. A gunpoint robbery of two paramedic personnel in Nyanga last week Friday has once again brought the issue[…]
As Capetonians prepare for the summer holiday, emergency service providers are cautioning safety during the festive season. ER24’s Ineke Van Huyssteen said during the festive and summer season, swimmers and non-swimmers are at a much a higher risk of drowning as all beaches beaches are packed. “Swimmers and non-swimmers are[…]
Metrorail has confirmed two incidents of passengers falling out of trains on Thursday morning. The first incident occured on board between Melton Rose and Blackheath, where a young male fell after travelling between carriages. Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said the line between Melton Rose and Blackheath was previously closed. The[…]
The high-risk status in Muizenberg has been lifted on Monday. The Muizenberg area was declared a red zone area on Sunday after another brutal attack on Emergency Services Personnel. Two Cape Town paramedics are receiving counselling after they were attacked while responding to a call in Seawinds near Muizenberg on[…]
The high-risk dangers posed to emergency medical workers have been thrust back into the spotlight, with fears that the situation is now at crisis point. On Wednesday morning, a 7 year old boy died while enroute to Red Cross Children’s Hospital, after the ambulance he was travelling in was held[…]
An eight-year-old boy was confirmed dead on Wednesday morning after the ambulance he was being transported in was ambushed on the N2 highway near Borcherds Quarry in Cape Town. The ambulance, which was on its way to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, was held up by gunmen and[…]
The two Cape Town paramedics who got caught in an attack on their police escort in Gugulethu this week, previously had guns pointed at them, an EMS spokesperson said on Friday. “They are not military trained, they are not security personnel, they are just medical health professionals,” Emergency Medical Services[…]
Despite being employed to save lives, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel in recent years fallen victim to criminals and gangs on the Cape Flats. As a result, residents’ access to the vital service has been compromised, with EMS unable to enter volatile areas without the assistance of law enforcement. In[…]
Emergency workers from across the province made their voices loud and clear on Wednesday – criminal attacks on their staff must stop. After a spate of attacks on Emergency Medical Service (EMS) workers in the Western Cape, a numbers of paramedics and ambulance staff gathered to voice their frustration. Over[…]
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