Fire Engine prevented from reaching out a burning house

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Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS) firefighters found themselves in a precarious situation during New Year Celebrations across the City.

On the 1st January 2018, Vosloorus Fire and Rescue crews were confronted by thousands of New Year celebrators when responding out to a house on fire in Mailula section Vosloorus. When approaching the intersection of Khoza and Mabuya streets crews found that vehicles and partygoers blocked the whole intersection and subsequently, the fire engine and two light motor vehicles were involved in a crash. The owners of the two vehicles supported by a good number of partygoers stopped the fire engine and threatened the firefighters and even took the fire Engine`s key preventing it from proceeding to its intended destination. Members of the public danced on top of the truck and even took photos on it which is totally unacceptable. Sincere thanks to the security member who calmed the situation down prior the intervention of the Metro Police officers.

The service deliver was interrupted and community safety compromised from 04:50 till around 10:00 O` clock the same morning after the Fire Engine key was found in the nearby restaurant where the celebration was hosted. In the secondary incident, almost happening at the sometime as the one in Vosloorus, one firefighter from Palm Ridge Fire station was physically assaulted in Ramokonopi West Katlehong when attending a house fire incident where one female patient was declared dead scene after sustaining intense burn wounds. An assault case was opened at Ramokonopi police station and the firefighter had to be booked off.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and the scene was handed over to the police for further investigations. DEMS department still pleads once more with everyone to please stop the attack on the personnel as there are better ways and means to address their frustrations. Bringing service delivery dissatisfactions to the attention of the management is a better mechanism unlike taking the law into own hands.

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