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12 more ambulances added to fleet

Before this addition the metro doubled its fleet from 30 to 65 in August last year, making to the average response time to emergencies 15 minutes

ANOTHER 12 ambulances and a disaster bus had been added to the metro’s fleet of emergency response vehicles.

Before this addition the metro doubled its fleet from 30 to 65 in August last year, making to the average response time to emergencies 15 minutes.

The city has also appointed 176 new fire fighter/emergency care practitioners who were officially dispatched to their posts by executive mayor, Clr Mondli Gungubele, last week.

Gungubele also announced that the city would soon open the Zonkizizwe and Comercia (Tembisa) Fire Stations, which would be staffed with 56 emergency care practitioners each, from the new appointees. Capacity will also be boosted at the Palm Ridge, Wadeville, Tsakane, Bedfordview and Nigel Fire Stations which will also be allocated some of the new recruits.

According to Gungubele, the number of emergency calls responded to within five minutes of dispatching an ambulance increased from 0% to 9.43% in the past six months. Calls responded to within 15 minutes increased from 78% to 80%, while the remainder of all calls are attended to within less than an hour.

“The number of ambulances on the road 24/7 will now be increased to an average of 74, which means these response times will be reduced even further,” said Gungubele.

“We are also closing the gap in terms of manning levels at our fire stations and the fire and rescue crew on any shift is going to increase to four members while the standard is five.”

A total of 170 of the new permanent staff members were appointed from the city’s 400-strong fire brigade reserve force, an entry into the field of emergency care for unemployed fire fighter 2 or basic ambulance course graduates.

THE City of Ekurhuleni dispatched a new fleet of ambulances, a disaster bus, as well as 176 new emergency personnel during a ceremony at Leon Ferreira Fire Station in Boksburg. The vehicles were allocated to the city by the Gauteng Department of Health to add to its current fleet.
THE City of Ekurhuleni dispatched a new fleet of ambulances, a disaster bus, as well as 176 new emergency personnel during a ceremony at Leon Ferreira Fire Station in Boksburg. The vehicles were allocated to the city by the Gauteng Department of Health to add to its current fleet.

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