Metro police to escort paramedics to crime hotspots

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September 7, 2014: An EMS ambulance was damaged by gunfire in the early hours of Sunday morning as paramedics attended to a man in Tsakane Township, who'd been shot following a shootout with police.

JOHANNESBURG – Following an increase in violent attacks on paramedics, Johannesburg Metro Police officers will now escort emergency services to crime hotspots.

On Saturday an ambulance crew was hijacked and robbed while responding to an emergency in Cosmo City, Johannesburg.

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MMC for Public Safety Michael Sun said: “Our paramedics and firefighters are not trained to fight criminals whilst they're attending to an injured patient. About a year ago we started to identify these hotspots, we've built a trend map to map out the hotspots where attacks have taken place. So when we do receive calls from these areas we will dispatch JMPD officers to accompany them to a scene.”

“Fortunately a lot of private companies like security companies they are also coming to assist. But mostly we are calling on residents to please note that when paramedics are out there saving lives, they need to be looked after so if you can and willing please ensure our paramedics are being kept safe,” Sun added.