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City of CT concerned about attacks on EMS staff

The City’s JP Smith said this could lead to EMS members refusing to deal with calls to avoid being attacked.

A firefighter watches a massive blaze that engulfed the Jumbo Cash & Carry near the M1 Highway in Crown Mines on Thursday 25 Feb 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – The City of Cape Town said it’s concerned about a spate of attacks on emergency services personnel, in particular firefighters.

A firefighter was hospitalised in Elsies River yesterday after he was hit with stones while responding to a call about vehicles being set alight at a gangster’s funeral. 

This is the second incident in a space of a week. 

Last week, officials had to pull out from Khayelitsha after being pelted with rocks while trying to extinguish a fire at the Enkanini informal settlement. 

The City’s JP Smith said arson has become a norm between feuding groups in some communities.

“When the fire department comes to put out those fires, the offenders then resort to attacking the fire staff and damaging our vehicles, to the point where during last year incidents 26 of our vehicles were forced off the road.”

He said this is to the detriment of those in need of their services.

“So it’s very concerning and it has massive impact on our ability to respond and it’s self-inflicted injury because tomorrow you’ll need those vehicle to respond to an emergency that affects you and then they won’t be available as staff will be scared to go in.” 


(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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