Paramedics: putting your life, and theirs, in their hands


FILE image of paramedics tending to a road accident in KwaZulu-Natal.

CAPE TOWN - Emergency services personnel around the country face the daily risk of being attacked while on call.

They don&39;t have security, or personal safety equipment. A female medic was held at gunpoint in Cape Town just last month.

While the challenges facing the emergency service are mounting, many in the industry wouldn&39;t consider a career change.

Western Cape Emergency Medical Services authorities are reiterating their call though, that no medics will enter dangerous areas without police back-up.

* eNCA Reporter, Leigh-Anne Jansen joined a team on call, and filed this special report.