Tshwane Emergency Services’ deployed to the fifth Presidential Inauguration
The Tshwane Emergency Services Department participated in the planning and eventual deployment of resources at the fifth Presidential Inauguration ceremony held at Loftus Stadium on 25 May 2019. The participation of the department included the drafting of the operational plan, fire safety assessment of the various venues for the event, scrutinising and approval of the various rational designs for temporary structures and the eventual deployment of resources for the event.
Management of the department exchanged office uniform to don combat uniform and took lead in operational command to execute the departments’ operational plan for the event. The Chief of Emergency Services (CoE), Previn Govender led the team of 104 staff members, comprising of divisional chiefs, deputy chiefs, assistant chiefs, district commanders, disaster management officers, company commanders, fire safety officers, fire fighters, emergency care practitioners and support and technical staff members. A total of 25 emergency services vehicles, comprising of three rescue pumpers, six ambulances and three patient transporters, a water tanker, four specialised vehicles (mobile incident command unit, the hazardous material unit and urban search and rescue unit), seven rapid intervention units and two pilot cars.
Deployment at the venue operations centre (VOC) took place on 23 May 2019. The operational team and part of management assembled at Station 1, Bosman and Minaar Street and part the rest of management assembled at Emergency Services Headquarters, Government and Beckett Street at midnight (00h00). All resources reported and Rietondale Park for screening at 1h30 on 25 May 2019 and were escorted to Loftus by the security forces.
The emergency services reported under the VOC as part of the command structure for the event. The operational briefing was held at 3h30, where the CoE briefed all sector commanders and ascertained that all sectors were deployed according to the plan. The resources unit/sector was established at Station 9, street, where an engine crew from the City of Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Services was stationed with other local resources.
The Tshwane emergency care practitioners attended to seven patients of who most suffered from known chronic conditions. Only five of the patients were transported to Steve Biko and Tshwane district hospitals.
Demobilisation of the ESD resources started at 15h26 with the Special Ops and USAR sector, Western sector, Northern sector, Eastern sector and the Resource/logistics sector. Total demobilisation of emergency services resources was at 16:30.
The CoE issued a text messages through the Emergency Operations Centre, thanking all staff members for “their effort in making the 2019 Presidential Inauguration a safe event and for flying the flag of the City for the whole world to see”
By: Thabo Charles Mabaso: Deputy chief: Public information and liaison officer