Plato: security plan for EMS crews to involve neighbourhood watches, CPFs

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says local government will create safety points in areas where attacks on EMS crews are more prominent.

EMS crews are not permitted to enter the 'red zones' without police escorts.

Read: WC Health Dept and CoCT launch initiative to keep paramedics safe

The identified 'red zones' include Hanover Park, Khayelitsha, Phillippi, Nyanga and parts of Mitchells Plain.

Plato and Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo announced the details of a safety and security plan for emergency workers.

We've decided to create safe zones in many of these red zones for the ambulances to drive to.

Dan Plato, MEC for Community Safety at Western Cape

Security personnel will accompany the ambulance to the necessary address or necessary scene.

Dan Plato, MEC for Community Safety at Western Cape

He says the provision of safe zones and added security personnel will help protect paramedics and patients from attack.

There have been more than 60 attacks on emergency personnel in the province this year.

On Wednesday, an eight-year-old boy died after the ambulance he was being transported in came under attack on the N2 highway.

The ambulance attacks are said to be happening in areas where emergency services are most needed.

Also read: Paramedics tried to save boy's life even after ambulance ambushed

Plato says security personnel in red zones will involve neighbourhood watches and community police forums.

Take a listen to MEC Dan Plato explain the logistics:

Western Cape Health MEC Dr Nomafrench Mbombo also has her say:


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