Gauteng EMS bolstered ahead of the festive season

Gauteng Emergency Medical Services is gearing up for the festive season by hosting its annual readiness programme. eNCA's Nqobile Madlala spoke with emergency medical dispatcher Trevor Thabo Dlamini. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Emergency Services said it has been bolstered ahead of the festive season with the launch of a new fleet and additional staff to attend to emergency calls.

The timing is crucial, also as the country fights the COVID-19 omicron variant.

A total of 220 new emergency vehicles will soon be on Gauteng roads and 20 of these are fitted with ventilators and ICUs on board so critical care patients and babies can be transferred to hospitals.

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These vehicles are the result of a R294-million expenditure to boost the capabilities of the EMS.

The EMS says it receives around 700,000 emergency calls yearly and 50 percent comes from Soweto, making it one of the hotspots.

Meanwhile, the dispatch team says they can't wait to save more lives.

With the many recent storms in the province, a stern warning is being issued by the Gauteng aquatic team to both residents and holidaymakers to stay away from places that are prone to flash flooding.


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