ODI base personnel were responding to a call at the Boekenhout clinic at 1:00 AM, and while they were in the ambulance armed men approached them and robbed them of their belongings, as well as the GEMS Cross Call tablet, and the patient’s possessions at gunpoint.
According to Gauteng Emergency Medical Services (GEMS), the crews were unharmed but taken to the hospital for a health check-up. Due to the attack on an ambulance at the same station, the station was closed for the night, and no ambulances were available.
It has been decided that the communities in the ODI base area will all be red-zoned because they do not take responsibility for their services.
“We plead for any information surrounding these attacks to come forward and for SAPS to take EMS safety seriously and make any paramedic attack a priority crime”. GEMS report.
“Just two days after Gauteng Emergency Medical Services marched against paramedic attacks, we are once again victims of lawlessness,” GEMS stated.
In Lebanon, an ambulance from the ODI base was dispatched to treat a patient with breathing difficulties. During the incident, armed men approached the crew and demanded valuables at gunpoint.
A report by GEMS stated that items stolen included the CardioMax ECG/Defibrillator, BLT Patient Monitor, jump bag, Cross Call Core-4 tablet, and the crew’s bag and cell phone.
As a result, we have added this area to our red list. It will be impossible to provide emergency care to this community without SAPS escort, which will cause delays in emergency care.
Gauteng EMS or SAPS should be notified if you see these stolen items unique to our operation.
In case there is any information about this attack in the community, we urge people to come forward.