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ambulanceEWN reports that Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo, Community Safety MEC Dan Plato and City of Cape Town Safety and Security Mayco Member JP Smith briefed the media on Friday on an Emergency Medical Services Safety Plan.  

This followed the death of an eight-year-old boy after an attack on an ambulance on the N2 earlier in the week.  The plan incorporates connecting panic buttons in ambulances directly with police and other law enforcement agencies.  Smith said the panic buttons fitted in Metro EMS vehicles did not yet send alerts to the city's safety and security officials.  But, the the city “won’t take long with those adaptations, the system will adapt to that reasonably soon so by first quarter next year, at latest June next year we should have that built into our system so that your panic button immediately triggers on every single mobile vehicle or resource or smart device on each one of our officers on the street.”  Safe zones for emergency workers will also be designated in some of Cape Town's most dangerous communities where help will be available to ambulance crews 24 hours a day.

  • Read this report by Lauren Isaacs in full at EWN
  • See too, EMS workers in Cape Town now have safe zones, at EWN
  • And also, What to do about ambulance attacks? at TimesLive

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