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IN 2014 Mar­cus Slingers from Metro Am­bu­lance Col­lege staff in­vited mem­bers of neigh­bour­hood watches in Som­er­set West and its com­mu­nity polic­ing fo­rum (CPF) to be­come part of a pro­gramme to train res­i­dents about the ba­sics of emer­gency first aid.

Af­ter join­ing the pro­gramme, called EFAR, and re­ceiv­ing train­ing them­selves, mem­bers of the CPF, with the as­sis­tance of War­rant Of­fi­cer Deon van der Westhuizen, trained many res­i­dents in Som­er­set West, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Strand, Ma­cas­sar and Lwan­dle.

Then, in Jan­uary 2017, Sir Lowry’s

Pass and Som­er­set West ex­pe­ri­enced dev­as­tat­ing fires that threat­ened farms and es­tates. “Many les­sons were learnt… we all re­alised that we needed to be more pre­pared,” said Sue Buck­land, vicechair­per­son of the Som­er­set West CPF.

“With this in mind, I asked the CPF chair­per­son whether the CPF would be pre­pared to men­tor a work­ing group that would hold dis­cus­sions, un­der­take re­search and work­shop ideas to cre­ate specif­i­cally tai­lored pro­to­cols for the man­age­ment of dis­as­ter in­ci­dents.”

Af­ter un­der­tak­ing this task the

Sir Lowry’s Pass Civic Emer­gency Man­age­ment Fo­rum was es­tab­lished, with the ap­proval of Jo­han van der Westhuizen, head of the City of Cape Town’s dis­as­ter risk man­age­ment cen­tre.

“Now that we have been in­volved in joint pa­trols and op­er­a­tions, we feel con­fi­dent that in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion our watch teams will be able to im­ple­ment pro­to­cols (and as­sist) the re­spond­ing au­thor­i­ties from the City of Cape Town,” said Buck­land.

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