EMS workers in CT now have safe zones

The city's JP Smith says having a uniformed, armed police member with an ambulance crew may significantly decrease the risk of an attack.

FILE: An EMS paramedic responds to a call. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Safe zones for emergency workers will now be designated in some of Cape Town's most dangerous communities where 24-hour assistance will be given to ambulance crews who could possibly be at risk.

This is just one of the measures local government is taking to protect paramedics.

Earlier this week, an emergency vehicle was ambushed on the N2 near Borcherds Quarry while transporting a critically injured eight year old boy who later died in hospital

The city's JP Smith says having a uniformed, armed police member with an ambulance crew may significantly decrease the risk of an attack.

“It’s not a blanket solution but it’s what we can do. What we are sitting with is routine criminals who have been doing this for too long and are not convicted.”