Paramedics held at gunpoint in Cape Town

2014-01-16 15:42
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Cape Town - Two Cape Town paramedics are recovering after being attacked in Gugulethu on Wednesday night.

The ER24 paramedics were dispatched to the informal settlement shortly before 21:00 to attend to an emergency.

Advanced Life Support paramedic, Monradt Stockigt, said that after attending to the patient he was sitting in the ambulance speaking to the ER24 contact centre, when a man suddenly slammed a gun against the driver’s window.

The man demanded cellphones and money from Stockigt and his colleague. The suspect fled on foot. The paramedics were not injured.  

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak told News24 that the company provide a course called Emergency Medical Services Hostile Environment Basic Training.

“This provides medics with the skills to identify high risk situations and to get out without the use of firearms. It is largely a self defence course”.

But the company’s Cape Town medics have not received the training yet.

Medic muggings ‘not uncommon’

“We are often asked why we don’t hire a private security company to follow our medics on call outs, but we simply do not have the resources.”

Wednesday’s incident is also not an isolated incident as  another crew was recently assaulted in Eerste Rivier.

Vermaak said that it is difficult to say if the attack was planned or not, but “it is not uncommon for medics to get mugged when they are called out to homes for emergencies”.

The matter was reported to Gugulethu police.

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