Emergency services are under attack in Cape Town
CAPE TOWN – Emergency services are under attack in Cape Town.
Some 21 violent incidents, targeting Fire and Rescue services have been recorded to date, since March 2018.
Recently, two firefighters from the Brackenfell station were assaulted, after receiving a hoax call in Wallacedene.
City of Cape Town’s safety and security officials say they’re concerned about the increasing attacks, especially during the fire season.
Fire and rescue services say they cannot verify whether a call for help is real or not.
Chief Fire Officer, Ian Schnetler says it is the selfish actions of a few that is preventing the help.
“The next time they go to that community, there might be somebody that’s actually in trouble, and we need to go save that life. It’s the selfish actions of a few, basically, criminals that are preventing us from going to assist somebody that will need our help.”
With the festive season on its way, fire and rescue services say they are aware of the increasing number of incidents and are working with the City to ensure firefighters remain safe.
Fire and Rescue services say it will now use a police escort when responding to emergencies, because of the constant attacks on its staff members.