06/08/09 127 W, 1 I - + 10 - 12 South African Maxilance

FireNews Editor Jeff Harkey recently posted a picture of a "maxilance," a major incident patient transporter found in Rustenburg, South Africa. He also includes photos of other rescue and EMS units, and notes that the local emergency telephone number is 10177. Harkey took the photos during a major "football" (soccer) game there recently. Read his blog posting.

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On a related note, Yours Truly is finishing Paul Theroux's travelogue Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown. The author and novelist travels the entire continent, and ably observes what he encounters nearly 40 years after he spent time there teaching in the Peace Corps. Recommended reading, and especially if you are unfamiliar with that part of the world.

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