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The City of Johannesburg's Emergency Management Service (EMS) received 20 new ambulances to respond to emergencies quicker and treat patients more effectively.
 
The new ambulances are fitted withstate of the art equipment in support of EMS’ efforts to be more effective in emergency situations.
 
Handing over the new fleet at the Florida Fire Station, MMC for Public Safety, Sello Lemao said, "The Emergency Management Services is a critical part of the Public Safety Department and has to be up to speed with having state of the art ambulances coupled with committed personnel, who regularly undergo continuous training and development."
 
The vehicles will be allocated to various fire stations according to a recently conducted internal risk analysis study.
 
The ambulances will be allocated to the identified high risk areas in Soweto including the Protea Glen fire station which is currently under construction, as well as in Cosmo city.
 
"We must ensure continuity and change, build capacity and importantly assess our risks to enable us to respond and not just respond but respond quickly and effectively to save lives and property,” MMC Lemao said.
 
He added that the city would continue to replace its ageing fleet.
 
"I can safely say that we have capable men and women who are delighted to have new vehicles and equipment at their disposal.”
 
More engines to put out fires
 
On 30 July, the Public Safety cluster took delivery of two new fire engines and three specialised vehicles that cost over R20 million rand. The new financial year has now kicked in and the Department will be in a position to acquire new equipment and personnel as required.
 
MMC Lemao urged residents to be alert during the winter season to prevent fires and related disasters particularly in informal settlements.
 
"We have already witnessed the loss of lives and property,” he said.
 
According to MMC Lemao, in terms of the Joburg 2040 Strategy and the recently reviewed Integrated Development Plan, one of the key flagship programmes is a safe, secure and resilient City that protects, serves, builds and empowers communities.