Cape Town EMS police escorts in red zones delay emergency response - Hospersa
Residents of Seawinds near Muizenberg, Cape Town can expect delays when paramedics respond to emergencies.
There have been a number of attacks on EMS vehicles and paramedics this past year and now two more paramedics were attacked over the weekend.
These attacks have led to this area being declared a red zone, which means that EMS crews will require a police escort before entering those flagged areas.
Other red zones in the Western Cape and those include Browns Farm in Phillipi, Tafelsig, Beacon Valley, Hyde Park, Nyanga, Gugulethu, New Cross Roads, and Mannenberg among others.
Public Relations officer for the paramedic union Health & Other Services Personnel Trade Union (Hospersa) Kevin Halama talks about the lack of safety for EMS crews and the worrying escalation of attacks.
He says that there is a general expectation that these attacks will rise over the festive season and says Hospersa has met with national government to find solutions.
Halama explains the problem with needing police escorts.
The sad reality with a police escort is that takes away the emergency element of Emergency Medical Services. Our members first need to drive to the police stations and get escorted and that amount of time can be very critical.Kevin Halama, Public Relations Officer for Hospersa
In order to try and eliminate the attacks, Hospersa has also called onto the government to deploy the military in those red zones.
Listen below to the full interview:
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