Meet our Team

  • Leanne Adair

Today we introduce Leanne Adair, Cape Town base Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) who has been with the organisation for seven months.  Here’s a look into her world…

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Johannesburg, when I was two years old my family moved to a small town in the Eastern Cape called Kenton-on-sea. We spent a good few years there before moving to Port Elizabeth where I attended Erica Girls Primary school and then Collegiate Girls High school. I moved to Cape Town in 2011 to study. I spent the next six years in Cape Town where I completed the Emergency Care Technician (ECT) programme and then the Bachelor of Emergency Medical Care Degree (B-Tech). I moved back to the Eastern Cape and worked for a private emergency service in Port Alfred before moving back to Cape Town in September 2017 to join AMS.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I was a waitress for a couple of years to earn the big bucks, Lol!”

Why did you choose to join the AMS? “After working my first shift at AMS as a 4th year BEMC student I was hooked. Who wouldn’t want to fly every chance they got? So, when the opportunity to work as a flight paramedic at AMS presented itself I grabbed it with both hands.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “I would love to learn to play the guitar and the piano. I would really love to learn how to actually fly the aircraft we travel in on a daily basis.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I really enjoy spending time outdoors, I play hockey for Old Mutual hockey club, I try to run (I could try harder) and I’m partial to a good braai.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “That I am the definition of an arachnophobic!”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “With the fear of sounding cheesy there is very little that I don’t enjoy about working at AMS. I enjoy being able to help the communities we serve, the people I work with are great and we get to fly!”  

What is on your bedside table? “A bedside lamp, my phone charger, usually a good book and my Bible.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Although not world renowned or famous I would love to have another dinner with my grandfather. I’m sure he would have had the perfect answer to this question! And then obviously I would love to dine with Nelson Mandela.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “So, do you actually get to fly the aircraft? Also, do you still get to drive an ambulance?”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “I try to make every day a happy day!”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “I would love to be a musician and be able to sing.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “It’s a close competition between coffee and chocolate!! Shopping is a very close third.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Honestly, my family and friends (I know, that’s a lot more than one thing LOL).”

What is the one quality you feel best describes you? “Approachable.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “I have been given a lot of really great advice throughout my life including “in a world where we can be anything, be kind”. Also, “sometimes we get in such a hurry that it becomes a part of us that we forget we don’t have to live that way”.

Do you have a life philosophy? “The cost of not following your heart is spending the rest of your life wishing you had so the trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead”- Majorie Pay Hinckley.