An exciting addition to the division has been that of a rescue crew. Mi7 medical rescue vehicles are equipped with state-of-the-art Specialized Hydraulic Rescue Equipment, otherwise known
as the “Jaws of Life”, as well as other equipment used for rope rescue, swift water rescue and hostile environment scenarios. This ensures the Emergency Medical Services is now equipped for any eventuality.
With all these resources now at their disposal, Mi7 medics now respond to between 120 to 170 cases per month. This includes critical response to car crash victims, treating those wounded in criminal incidents or through natural causes, and attending to residents and clients in medical emergencies.
To manage this workload, the size of the team has almost doubled in the space of a year, growing from 16 members to 26 in March 2022. Mi7 Emergency Medical Services also provides stand-offs at events, corporate functions, sporting events, and school sport events. Medics also work closely with primary schools to hold workshops with young children educating them on basic first aid and providing tours of ambulances.
Another essential service introduced within the Emergency Medical Services division is the Community Wellness Programme. Trained nurses were employed and made available free-of-charge, on appointment, to all the company’s Armed Response clients. The team, equipped with their own vehicles and equipment, assessed residents’ vitals (glucose levels, blood pressure, temperature and blood oxygen saturation levels) in the comfort of their homes and provided advice, depending on the outcomes of these tests, on how best to improve their overall wellness.
This initiative was then rolled out to the public at large, with nurses tasked to meet community members in areas of congregation like places of worship and social grant collection sites for example, to administer free vital testing and medical advice on an ongoing basis to those who need it most.
Mi7 nurses now treat on average 180 residents per month – free of charge.