ECC celebrates 20th

Fish Hoek police station commander, Lieutenant Colonel Jackie Johnson, centre, and Warrant Officer Craig Collins with Emergency Call Centre chairperson, Bianca Bressler. Picture: Bronwyn Lloyd

The Emergency Call Centre (ECC) recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a lunch at the Phoenix Hall in Glencairn Heights.

The organisation has provided the far south with a free emergency service for the past 20 years.

Far south residents can dial one number only (021 782 0333) for any emergencies or information requests.

ECC chairperson Bianca Bresler said the ECC had helped with about 41 280 calls and put in more than 175 000 man hours over the past two decades.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank all our past and present volunteers for their dedicated service to the people of the far south. For without their support, none of this would have been possible,” she said.

The volunteers work 24/7, 365 days a year and the service covers such contingencies as medical emergencies, crime, fire, municipal problems, marine emergencies as well as services to both humans and animals.

The occasion was supported by both present and former volunteers, the Fish Hoek SAPS as well as the Fish Hoek Community Police Forum.

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