2 paramedics held at knife-point, another 2 robbed

2016-06-08 21:09
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Johannesburg – Two paramedics were held at knife-point and another two were robbed in separate incidents, emergency services said.  

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said ER24 paramedics noticed a vehicle driving into oncoming traffic near Christiaan De Wet in Johannesburg West on Wednesday morning at 11:00.

Moments later the car crashed into the ambulance.

"Members of the public stopped on the scene and indicated that the driver had collided with several other vehicles," he said.   

Vermaak said when the two paramedics approached the man to ask if he was injured, the man got out of his vehicle and pulled out a knife.  

The two paramedics retreated, and the man still came at them with the knife, he said. 

"Fortunately, due to their EMSHE [Emergency Medical Support during Hostile Environments] training, they were able to defend themselves while they were waiting for the police to arrive."

The man was arrested on scene and taken to a nearby police station.

Paramedics not injured

In a separate incident, an ER24 paramedic in Durban was robbed of his personal belongings while attending to a patient in KwaMashu.

He said two paramedics treated an emergency patient suffering from chest pain in the doctor's rooms.

"They assessed the patient and loaded the patient into the ambulance," he said.

When one paramedic returned to the doctor's rooms with a wheelchair, a group of six men attacked his colleague and robbed him of his wallet.

The men also fled the scene with two bags belonging to the medics, cellphones as well as the emergency vehicle dispatch unit which was ripped out of the ambulance's dashboard.  

A case of assault and robbery was opened. None of the paramedics were injured.  

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