Cape Town

  • AMS Cape Town
  • AMS Cape Town
  • AMS Cape Town

The AMS in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health shares a common humanitarian vision to provide an excellent aero-medical service to the communities of the Western Cape.

Cape Town base operates a AW119ke helicopter with highly skilled rescue crew. The helicopters are fitted with hoist and sling operations. In addition we operate a PC12 fixed wing aircraft as an air ambulance. The crew on board the aircraft are dedicated volunteers such as doctors, paramedics, nurses and pilots who contribute their time and expertise.

Another exciting new development is the establishment of the National Operations Centre (NOC) that will monitor operations countrywide and allow the AMS to streamline the usage of all resources. This will enable us to raise the bar on the quality of service offered to our clients and the South African community as a whole.

AMS works closely with rescue organisations such as WSAR, NSRI, MSCA, TMHC, Hamnet, Cape 4x4 clubs and many others. The cohesion and mutual support that these organisations display when working together is highlighted in the passion and dedication of the staff concerned as their common priority is to offer relief to human suffering in the time of need. We have formed a fruitful working relationship with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). The AMS plays an active role in the development of the paramedics they train and thereby creating an available pool of qualified professionals with a firm background in the aviation and EMS fields.

Cape Town Fleet

AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)

AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)

  • Air Ambulance and Rescue
  • Fully equipped with a dedicated, mobile intensive care-type interior, with sling and winch capacity with emergency floatation gear for operations over the sea.
  • Cruises at 250km/hr, operating radius of 200km, but can be utilised for further distances.
  • Has a capacity for two pilots, three crew members and one stretcher.
  • Utilised for mountain and surf rescues, as well as inter-hospital transfers and primary calls.

AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)

AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)

  • Air Ambulance and Rescue
  • Fully equipped with a dedicated, mobile intensive care-type interior, with sling and winch capacity with emergency floatation gear for operations over the sea.
  • Cruises at 250km/hr, operating radius of 200km, but can be utilised for further distances.
  • Has a capacity for two pilots, three crew members and one stretcher.
  • Utilised for mountain and surf rescues, as well as inter-hospital transfers and primary calls.

Pilatus PC-12 Fixed Wing (single turbine)

  • Fully equipped, 24-hour Air Ambulance, with a dedicated, mobile intensive care-type interior.
  • Nine seater / with a capacity of up to three stretcher patients.
  • Pressurised cabin.
  • Cruises at ±450km/hr, can reach altitude of 30 000 ft, ideal operating range > 250km.
  • Perfect for short strip-landings.
  • Utilised for transporting personnel on the outreach service.

Pilatus PC-12 Fixed Wing (single turbine)

Pilatus PC-12 Fixed Wing (single turbine)

  • Fully equipped, 24-hour Air Ambulance, with a dedicated, mobile intensive care-type interior.
  • Nine seater / with a capacity of up to three stretcher patients.
  • Pressurised cabin.
  • Cruises at ±450km/hr, can reach altitude of 30 000 ft, ideal operating range > 250km.
  • Perfect for short strip-landings.
  • Utilised for transporting personnel on the outreach service.

Cape Town Team

Nozibongo Nopote
Nozibongo Nopote

Nozibongo Nopote

General Assistant

Nozibongo Nopote
Nozibongo Nopote

Nozibongo Nopote

General Assistant

General Assistant
Donovan Kohl
Donovan Kohl

Donovan Kohl

Rotor Wing Pilot

Donovan Kohl
Donovan Kohl

Donovan Kohl

Rotor Wing Pilot

Rotor Wing Pilot

Stephen Ontong

Base Supervisor/Flight Paramedic

Stephen Ontong

Stephen Ontong

Base Supervisor/Flight Paramedic

Base Supervisor/Flight Paramedic

Francois Du Toit

Rotor Wing Pilot & Safety Manager

Francois Du Toit

Francois Du Toit

Rotor Wing Pilot & Safety Manager

Rotor Wing Pilot & Safety Manager

Garth Moys

Regional Manager

Garth Moys

Garth Moys

Regional Manager

Regional Manager

Lindsey Cyster

Emergency Care Technician (ECT), External Load Operator (ELO)

Lindsey Cyster

Lindsey Cyster

Emergency Care Technician (ECT), External Load Operator (ELO)

Emergency Care Technician (ECT), External Load Operator (ELO)

Jonathan Groenewald

Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP), External Load Operator (ELO)

Jonathan Groenewald

Jonathan Groenewald

Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP), External Load Operator (ELO)

Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP), External Load Operator (ELO)

David Bruiners

Emergency Care Technician (ECT), External Load Operator (ELO)

David Bruiners

David Bruiners

Emergency Care Technician (ECT), External Load Operator (ELO)

Emergency Care Technician (ECT), External Load Operator (ELO)

Shukri Petersen

Emergency Care Technician (ECT)

Shukri Petersen

Shukri Petersen

Emergency Care Technician (ECT)

Emergency Care Technician (ECT)

Ayesha Allies

Emergency Care Technician (ECT)

Ayesha Allies

Ayesha Allies

Emergency Care Technician (ECT)

Emergency Care Technician (ECT)

Jocelyn Park-Ross

Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP)

Jocelyn Park-Ross

Jocelyn Park-Ross

Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP)

Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP)

Danie Laubscher

Senior Fixed Wing Pilot

Danie Laubscher

Danie Laubscher

Senior Fixed Wing Pilot

Senior Fixed Wing Pilot

Jeffrey Persens

Fixed Wing Pilot

Jeffrey Persens

Jeffrey Persens

Fixed Wing Pilot

Fixed Wing Pilot

Ikageng Ramphomane

Cadet Pilot

Ikageng Ramphomane

Ikageng Ramphomane

Cadet Pilot

Cadet Pilot

Lee Jacobs

Cadet Pilot

Lee Jacobs

Lee Jacobs

Cadet Pilot

Cadet Pilot

Euston del Carme

Fixed Wing Pilot

Euston del Carme

Euston del Carme

Fixed Wing Pilot

Fixed Wing Pilot

Cape Town Messages

18 WESTERN CAPE REVIEW

The aero-medical service as provided by AMS is critical in ensuring that all the citizens of the Western Cape have equitable access to all levels of acute specialised care (including timely access to tertiary and specialised care) regardless of their financial status, insurance status and geographic location. In addition, the judicious use of an aero-medical platform for the execution of long distance transfers ensures that ambulance resource availability is at an optimum in smaller less well-resourced communities. This partnership with AMS extends beyond 40 years and is one of the key factors for the success of the programme. During the 2013/2014 cycle, this service (fixed wing and aero-medical) performed 1215 missions transporting 1388 patients to secondary and tertiary care facilities. 83 rescue missions resulted in 59 patients being rescued from wilderness areas or the sea. In the process, this was achieved through covering 182 943 kilometres by the fixed-wing and 1131 hours of flight by the Helicopter programme.
 
Dr Shaheem de Vries
Head: Emergency Medical Services
Western Cape Government Health

Cape Town Gallery

National Minister of Health open first conference focusing on aero-medicine

Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, National Minister of Health opened this first of its kind conference – Aeromed Africa 2012- proudly hosted by the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS). The conference took place from the 13th – 16th March 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Aeromed Africa 2012 highlighted the gap in the aero-medical industry which provides medical and healthcare information to African & Developing countries which provides a tool to create accessibility to healthcare for all. Topics covered by Top International & local experts in the field included clinical, technical, regulatory, training and health systems. The conference focussed on the pre hospital care environment, mountain and sea rescue as well as the impact that aero medical services can make in creating access to elective and preventative healthcare by way of a structured “Flying Doctor Service”, provided a forum for organisations to share their experiences and learn from each other. It was an ideal networking opportunity for organisations, Government representatives, suppliers and other interested parties.

National Minister of Health open first conference focusing on aero-medicine

National Minister of Health open first conference focusing on aero-medicine

Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, National Minister of Health opened this first of its kind conference – Aeromed Africa 2012- proudly hosted by the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS). The conference took place from the 13th – 16th March 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Aeromed Africa 2012 highlighted the gap in the aero-medical industry which provides medical and healthcare information to African & Developing countries which provides a tool to create accessibility to healthcare for all. Topics covered by Top International & local experts in the field included clinical, technical, regulatory, training and health systems. The conference focussed on the pre hospital care environment, mountain and sea rescue as well as the impact that aero medical services can make in creating access to elective and preventative healthcare by way of a structured “Flying Doctor Service”, provided a forum for organisations to share their experiences and learn from each other. It was an ideal networking opportunity for organisations, Government representatives, suppliers and other interested parties.

67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day

67 minutes, Celebrating Mandela Day

We were privileged to visit Eyethu Educare Centre at the Delft Community Library on Mandela Day. We devoted our 67 minutes making soup and distributing it to these precious little ones! We paid a visit to Delft Police Station to thank them for keeping our community safe!

May the wise words of the late Nelson Mandela echo in our hearts forever. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead”. Nelson Mandela

67 minutes, Celebrating Mandela Day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day
  • 67 minutes for mandela day

67 minutes, Celebrating Mandela Day

We were privileged to visit Eyethu Educare Centre at the Delft Community Library on Mandela Day. We devoted our 67 minutes making soup and distributing it to these precious little ones! We paid a visit to Delft Police Station to thank them for keeping our community safe!

May the wise words of the late Nelson Mandela echo in our hearts forever. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead”. Nelson Mandela

Helicopter rescue training
  • Helicopter rescue training
  • Helicopter rescue training
  • Helicopter rescue training
  • Helicopter rescue training
  • Helicopter rescue training

Aero-Medical Rescue Training Week

To kick start the Air Mercy Service’s (AMS) celebration of 45 years of service delivery this year, The AMS and the Western Cape METRO Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is proud to present a Rescue Training Week taking place from the 11th of April to the 15th of April 2011. The objective of this training week is to expand the operational envelope of the METRO/AMS Rescue Service; to increase the capabilities and improve the skill levels of the rescue personnel and to raise the overall standard of rescue operations in the Western Cape through benchmarking with internationally best practice organizations.

Participants include local paramedics from METRO and AMS flight crew, as well representatives from Wilderness Search & Rescue (WSAR), the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA), High Angle Rescue Team (HART), South African Civil Aviation Authority, South African Police Service (SAPS), South African Air Force (SAAF), EMS Colleges and Universities, Heads of Departments and General Managers from other National Provincial EMS Services.

The week comprised of both a theoretical component and practical aero-medical rescue training exercises, with a presentation by an international guest Oliver Kreuzer from Switzerland. Oliver is an instructor at the Alphin Rescue Centre and a Rescue Paramedic and Hoist Operator for Air Zermatt based in Switzerland. The Alphin Rescue Centre is a mountain search and rescue unit dedicated to saving lives through search and rescue, and mountain safety education based in Switzerland. He also holds an International Certificate of Emergency Mountain Medicine. Oliver will share his knowledge and expertise on the subject throughout the week.

The Rescue Programme in Cape Town has been in existence since 2002 and in the Eden/Central Karoo District for the past three years. We are proud to be associated with the Western Cape METRO Emergency Medical Services in order to bring this critical service to the community of the Western Cape. Most of the practical training sessions will take place on Table Mountain where during the past nine years approximately 400 aero-medical rescues were undertaken.

Ashwin Krishna, National Operations Manager for AMS, said “there is a great need for a rescue service to cover the entire country. Not much is understood about the complexity and commitment involved in the implementation of an aero-medical rescue program. The intention of the AMS is to share knowledge on the options available and the associated costs involved as well as other variables that have an impact on an aero-medical system and to create an opportunity for this kind of program to cover a wider portion of the country to adequately address the aero-medical needs across South Africa”.

This year AMS celebrates 45 years of caring, commitment and saving lives. Since its inception in 1966 the AMS has grown into a remarkable aero-medical organization which strives to contribute to the improvement in the quality of life of all communities, facilitate access to equitable and effective healthcare and the provision of other associated humanitarian services.

Aero-Medical Rescue Training Week
  • Helicopter rescue training
  • Helicopter rescue training
  • Helicopter rescue training
  • Helicopter rescue training
  • Helicopter rescue training

Aero-Medical Rescue Training Week

To kick start the Air Mercy Service’s (AMS) celebration of 45 years of service delivery this year, The AMS and the Western Cape METRO Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is proud to present a Rescue Training Week taking place from the 11th of April to the 15th of April 2011. The objective of this training week is to expand the operational envelope of the METRO/AMS Rescue Service; to increase the capabilities and improve the skill levels of the rescue personnel and to raise the overall standard of rescue operations in the Western Cape through benchmarking with internationally best practice organizations.

Participants include local paramedics from METRO and AMS flight crew, as well representatives from Wilderness Search & Rescue (WSAR), the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA), High Angle Rescue Team (HART), South African Civil Aviation Authority, South African Police Service (SAPS), South African Air Force (SAAF), EMS Colleges and Universities, Heads of Departments and General Managers from other National Provincial EMS Services.

The week comprised of both a theoretical component and practical aero-medical rescue training exercises, with a presentation by an international guest Oliver Kreuzer from Switzerland. Oliver is an instructor at the Alphin Rescue Centre and a Rescue Paramedic and Hoist Operator for Air Zermatt based in Switzerland. The Alphin Rescue Centre is a mountain search and rescue unit dedicated to saving lives through search and rescue, and mountain safety education based in Switzerland. He also holds an International Certificate of Emergency Mountain Medicine. Oliver will share his knowledge and expertise on the subject throughout the week.

The Rescue Programme in Cape Town has been in existence since 2002 and in the Eden/Central Karoo District for the past three years. We are proud to be associated with the Western Cape METRO Emergency Medical Services in order to bring this critical service to the community of the Western Cape. Most of the practical training sessions will take place on Table Mountain where during the past nine years approximately 400 aero-medical rescues were undertaken.

Ashwin Krishna, National Operations Manager for AMS, said “there is a great need for a rescue service to cover the entire country. Not much is understood about the complexity and commitment involved in the implementation of an aero-medical rescue program. The intention of the AMS is to share knowledge on the options available and the associated costs involved as well as other variables that have an impact on an aero-medical system and to create an opportunity for this kind of program to cover a wider portion of the country to adequately address the aero-medical needs across South Africa”.

This year AMS celebrates 45 years of caring, commitment and saving lives. Since its inception in 1966 the AMS has grown into a remarkable aero-medical organization which strives to contribute to the improvement in the quality of life of all communities, facilitate access to equitable and effective healthcare and the provision of other associated humanitarian services.

Discovery Fund 2010 Donation

Ms Ruth Lewin (Head: Corporate Sustainability Discovery) handed over an Advanced Life Support Jump bag valued at R2 000 to Ashwin Krishna (Operations Manager) and Andre Oliphant (Cape Town Base Manager) as a gesture of goodwill to mark Discovery's donation of R350 000 to the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS). 

The grant is a contribution towards the purchasing of medical equipment in the Western Cape. In order to maintain the expansion of our services the AMS relies on funding such as this for medical equipment and infrastructure development as well as other associated sponsorships to improve our service.

The AMS works in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health Metro Emergency Medical Services to provide an air ambulance and rescue service to the communities of the Western Cape. In the Western Cape the AMS has bases in Cape Town and Oudtshoorn.

Discovery Fund 2010 Donation

Discovery Fund 2010 Donation

Ms Ruth Lewin (Head: Corporate Sustainability Discovery) handed over an Advanced Life Support Jump bag valued at R2 000 to Ashwin Krishna (Operations Manager) and Andre Oliphant (Cape Town Base Manager) as a gesture of goodwill to mark Discovery's donation of R350 000 to the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS). 

The grant is a contribution towards the purchasing of medical equipment in the Western Cape. In order to maintain the expansion of our services the AMS relies on funding such as this for medical equipment and infrastructure development as well as other associated sponsorships to improve our service.

The AMS works in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health Metro Emergency Medical Services to provide an air ambulance and rescue service to the communities of the Western Cape. In the Western Cape the AMS has bases in Cape Town and Oudtshoorn.

Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2008

The AMS would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and volunteers that participated in the Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour. A special thank you to Medscheme for the sponsorship of the AMS cycling kit as well as the support teams that cheered the riders along the way and welcomed them at the finish.

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service is a non-profit organisation operating in the Western Cape, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Free State Provinces, providing an air ambulance network, rural health outreach and emergency rescue service to metropolitan areas and remote rural communities. In each province the AMS works in conjunction with the Provincial Departments of Health.

Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2008

Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2008

The AMS would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and volunteers that participated in the Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour. A special thank you to Medscheme for the sponsorship of the AMS cycling kit as well as the support teams that cheered the riders along the way and welcomed them at the finish.

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service is a non-profit organisation operating in the Western Cape, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Free State Provinces, providing an air ambulance network, rural health outreach and emergency rescue service to metropolitan areas and remote rural communities. In each province the AMS works in conjunction with the Provincial Departments of Health.

Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2009

After what has been described as the ‘most gruelling Cape Argus Cycle Tour' ever, we are proud to say well done to all our cyclists for venturing into the howling wind on Sunday, 08 March 2009 to participate in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. To our support team who cheered our cyclists along the way, thank you for your contribution for making the day a success.

A special word of thanks to our sponsors: Be Safe Paramedical Supplies, Welch Allyn and Africon for sponsoring the AMS cycling kit as well as the support team golf shirts and caps. Without your support this event would not have been possible.

Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2009

Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2009

After what has been described as the ‘most gruelling Cape Argus Cycle Tour' ever, we are proud to say well done to all our cyclists for venturing into the howling wind on Sunday, 08 March 2009 to participate in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. To our support team who cheered our cyclists along the way, thank you for your contribution for making the day a success.

A special word of thanks to our sponsors: Be Safe Paramedical Supplies, Welch Allyn and Africon for sponsoring the AMS cycling kit as well as the support team golf shirts and caps. Without your support this event would not have been possible.

Sea Rescue - Hout Bay

Hout Bay fisherman missing after boat capsizes

Photographer: Andrew Ingram

 

Sea Rescue - Hout Bay

Sea Rescue - Hout Bay

Hout Bay fisherman missing after boat capsizes

Photographer: Andrew Ingram