ambulanceThe Star writes that the torching of a fire truck in Katlehong continues a series of attacks on emergency personnel and their vehicles in parts of Ekurhuleni.  

The hijacking and damaging of emergency vehicles, including ambulances and fire engines, as well as the assault of paramedics and firefighters, appears to have become the order of the day.  So bad is the problem that ambulances no longer enter the Angelo informal settlement in Boksburg.  Instead, a number of pick-up points have been identified in the area where the ambulances stop and wait for a patient to be brought to them.  Ekurhuleni Emergency Services spokesperson Willie Ntladi said they were holding talks with community leaders to try to find a way to ensure the safety of emergency workers and municipal property at the informal settlement, while another option would be to ask for police escorts.  Ntladi indicated that the attacks were having a major impact on staff, who were living in fear of being assaulted.  Ntladi was supported by his counterpart at Johannesburg Emergency Management Services where there have also been attacks on ambulance crews this year.


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