Meet our Team ...

  • Yolandi Laing

“I love to be outdoors, so I like to hike, bike and go to the beach” Jillian Rose Reed. This definitely rings true for this’s week’s staff member that we are getting to know. Yolandi Laing, Flight Paramedic based in Oudtshoorn has been part of the AMS family for almost four years. Here’s what she had to say …

Tell us about yourself: “I was born in Nelspruit and stayed there till the end of my primary school years. We then relocated to Cape Town. I completed my diploma in Bloemfontein and my degree in Cape Town.”

Were you in any other trade before? “I went straight to Metro Emergency Medical Services (EMS) after high school.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Mixed martial arts.”

What do you do in your spare time?  “I don't know where to start, there are so many things. From building small scale models, rock climbing, horse riding, snowboarding, windsurfing and the list goes on. I am an outdoorsy person, so I love doing anything outside.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “All the interesting calls and challenges that comes with it, especially when patients start to bite you inflight. And the crew I work with...there's never a dull moment.”

What is on your bedside table? “My tablet and a novel – I enjoy reading novels.”

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? “The thought of being home for a change with my dogs... the only thing missing is my boyfriend.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I met Matt.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Equine therapist to rehabilitate injured animals.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “I have a few that I struggle with, like hertzoggies, Macaroni and 1kg cheese added to that and sometimes more!”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “My family and dogs.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Stay true to yourself and never give up or back down.”

What animal best represents you and why? “A buffalo – because I'm strong and very stubborn.”

Any motto you live by? “Live life to the fullest and give it your all.”