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  • Air Sea Rescue Exercise (ASR)
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Outboard motor handover in preparation for the high season

[15 November 2020] Today the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) handed over an outboard motor to Lifesaving South Africa Cape Town at the Air Sea Rescue (ASR) exercise which took place at Strandfontein beach.  The outboard motor will be used on one of their Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRB). Mr. Mzi Mayedwa, Head of the LSA Drowning Prevention Committee thanked the AMS for the donation and stated that “the incidences of drownings in South Africa is a major concern due to the long coastline and the inland water areas that present a problem to lifesaving and the authorities. The motor will be shared amongst the 18 clubs that operate in the Cape Town area so that the optimum use of the boat and motor can be attained in Lifesaving South Africa’s efforts to control and reduce drowning incidents.”

The AMS provides air-sea and air-mountain rescue services by helicopter with more than two decades of rescue experience working with Department of Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) and its many affiliates including Surf-Life Saving South Africa and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).  Our stringent training programmes for hoist operators are focused around safety and efficiency and have been developed taking the international and local (military) best practices into account. 

“With the upcoming high season we encourage everyone using the beaches and recreational facilities to do so responsibly. We trust that our donation will assist Lifesaving South Africa to continue with their mandate to not only contain and reduce drownings amongst the residents and visitors who make use of waterways for recreation, but also in support of their training programs and community development work that they are involved with said Dr. Philip Erasmus, CEO of AMS.

Picture credit: Simon McDonnell

Outboard motor handover in preparation for the high season
  • donation to Lifesaving South Africa
  • Air Sea Rescue Exercise (ASR)
  • Air Sea Rescue Exercise (ASR)
  • Air Sea Rescue Exercise (ASR)
  • Air Sea Rescue Exercise (ASR)

Outboard motor handover in preparation for the high season

[15 November 2020] Today the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) handed over an outboard motor to Lifesaving South Africa Cape Town at the Air Sea Rescue (ASR) exercise which took place at Strandfontein beach.  The outboard motor will be used on one of their Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRB). Mr. Mzi Mayedwa, Head of the LSA Drowning Prevention Committee thanked the AMS for the donation and stated that “the incidences of drownings in South Africa is a major concern due to the long coastline and the inland water areas that present a problem to lifesaving and the authorities. The motor will be shared amongst the 18 clubs that operate in the Cape Town area so that the optimum use of the boat and motor can be attained in Lifesaving South Africa’s efforts to control and reduce drowning incidents.”

The AMS provides air-sea and air-mountain rescue services by helicopter with more than two decades of rescue experience working with Department of Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) and its many affiliates including Surf-Life Saving South Africa and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).  Our stringent training programmes for hoist operators are focused around safety and efficiency and have been developed taking the international and local (military) best practices into account. 

“With the upcoming high season we encourage everyone using the beaches and recreational facilities to do so responsibly. We trust that our donation will assist Lifesaving South Africa to continue with their mandate to not only contain and reduce drownings amongst the residents and visitors who make use of waterways for recreation, but also in support of their training programs and community development work that they are involved with said Dr. Philip Erasmus, CEO of AMS.

Picture credit: Simon McDonnell

OFFICIAL STATEMENT: AMS aircraft suffered tyre burst at George Airport

 

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) confirms that one of its emergency PC 12 fixed wing aircraft suffered a tyre burst on landing at George Airport on Friday, 06 November 2020.  All the crew, pilots and medical personnel, on the flight are reported to be safe. The aircraft was dispatched for its normal air ambulance missions, crewed by two very experienced pilots. The tyre burst resulted in the aircraft veering off the runway, the incident resulted in George Airport being closed while the matter was being resolved.

“The AMS immediately started communication with the airport authority and engineers at George Airport in an attempt to get the aircraft off the runway as quickly as possible.  Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful in their attempt as factors such as the soft surface next to the runway from the rain also contributed towards difficulty in the recovery of the aircraft. AMS requested permission to ATC & ACSA to dispatch a back-up aircraft from Cape Town to land and resolve the matter. Once permission was granted by George Airport, a back-up aircraft with AMS engineers and equipment on board was immediately dispatched and resolved the matter within 30minutes of arrival at George Airport, allowing operations for both the operator and the Airport to return to normal” said AMS CEO, Dr Philip Erasmus.

“The matter is currently being investigated, and together with the George Airport authority and local aircraft engineering support, we shall institute further measures and equipment that can resolve similar incidents rapidly, should they occur in future. We apologise for the inconvenience to other operators and the interruption of the Airport operations. We assure everyone of our commitment to strive for excellence with our very experienced pilots and crew to continue our mandate to provide lifesaving emergency aero-medical services to those in need.”  Dr. Philip Erasmus concluded.

 

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Venessa Horn

Public Relations Officer

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT: AMS aircraft suffered tyre burst at George Airport

OFFICIAL STATEMENT: AMS aircraft suffered tyre burst at George Airport

 

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) confirms that one of its emergency PC 12 fixed wing aircraft suffered a tyre burst on landing at George Airport on Friday, 06 November 2020.  All the crew, pilots and medical personnel, on the flight are reported to be safe. The aircraft was dispatched for its normal air ambulance missions, crewed by two very experienced pilots. The tyre burst resulted in the aircraft veering off the runway, the incident resulted in George Airport being closed while the matter was being resolved.

“The AMS immediately started communication with the airport authority and engineers at George Airport in an attempt to get the aircraft off the runway as quickly as possible.  Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful in their attempt as factors such as the soft surface next to the runway from the rain also contributed towards difficulty in the recovery of the aircraft. AMS requested permission to ATC & ACSA to dispatch a back-up aircraft from Cape Town to land and resolve the matter. Once permission was granted by George Airport, a back-up aircraft with AMS engineers and equipment on board was immediately dispatched and resolved the matter within 30minutes of arrival at George Airport, allowing operations for both the operator and the Airport to return to normal” said AMS CEO, Dr Philip Erasmus.

“The matter is currently being investigated, and together with the George Airport authority and local aircraft engineering support, we shall institute further measures and equipment that can resolve similar incidents rapidly, should they occur in future. We apologise for the inconvenience to other operators and the interruption of the Airport operations. We assure everyone of our commitment to strive for excellence with our very experienced pilots and crew to continue our mandate to provide lifesaving emergency aero-medical services to those in need.”  Dr. Philip Erasmus concluded.

 

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Issued by:

Venessa Horn

Public Relations Officer

Cell: 078 172 4751      

Gift of the Givers donation
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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donation received from Gift of the Givers Foundation

Our sincere thanks and appreciation to The Gift of the Givers Foundation for the donation of Personal Protective Equipment towards our COVID-19 response plan. Thank you for your support to assist us to continue to facilitate access to health care and improve the quality of life of all citizens. We commend you for the work that you do to serve the people of our nation!

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donation received from Gift of the Givers Foundation
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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donation received from Gift of the Givers Foundation

Our sincere thanks and appreciation to The Gift of the Givers Foundation for the donation of Personal Protective Equipment towards our COVID-19 response plan. Thank you for your support to assist us to continue to facilitate access to health care and improve the quality of life of all citizens. We commend you for the work that you do to serve the people of our nation!

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Helicopter rescue training in Eden District

The Western Cape Government (WCG) Department of Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS), in partnership with The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) provides an emergency rescue and air ambulance service to the community of the Western Cape via a fleet of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. The AMS provides air-sea and air-mountain rescue services by helicopter with more than a decade of rescue experience working with the Western Cape Department of Health EMS, Wilderness Search & Rescue (WSAR) and its many affiliates including Life-Saving South Africa (LSA) and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI). Here's some images of training that was conducted at Witfontein in George. Training in the aero-medical environment is crucial to ensure a high-level of safety and proficiency in accessing patients in remote and technically difficult/otherwise inaccessible terrain. Thank you Deidre Cloete for capturing such beautiful photographs. 

Helicopter rescue training in Eden District
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Helicopter rescue training in Eden District

The Western Cape Government (WCG) Department of Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS), in partnership with The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) provides an emergency rescue and air ambulance service to the community of the Western Cape via a fleet of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. The AMS provides air-sea and air-mountain rescue services by helicopter with more than a decade of rescue experience working with the Western Cape Department of Health EMS, Wilderness Search & Rescue (WSAR) and its many affiliates including Life-Saving South Africa (LSA) and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI). Here's some images of training that was conducted at Witfontein in George. Training in the aero-medical environment is crucial to ensure a high-level of safety and proficiency in accessing patients in remote and technically difficult/otherwise inaccessible terrain. Thank you Deidre Cloete for capturing such beautiful photographs. 

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Search & rescue operation underway on Table Mountain

08 July 2020 - Search and rescue operation currently underway on Table Mountain. The Western Cape Department of Health EMS/AMS rescue helicopter together with the Wilderness Search & Rescue (WSAR) and volunteers are currently busy searching for the trail runner who was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon.

Search & rescue operation underway on Table Mountain
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Search & rescue operation underway on Table Mountain

08 July 2020 - Search and rescue operation currently underway on Table Mountain. The Western Cape Department of Health EMS/AMS rescue helicopter together with the Wilderness Search & Rescue (WSAR) and volunteers are currently busy searching for the trail runner who was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon.

Social relief for remote rural communities of Kwa-Zulu Natal

AMS was tasked by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health and other social partners to assist with social relief aid to remote rural communities of KwaZulu-Natal who have been severely affected by the corona virus.

The AMS is honoured to be able to assist in providing humanitarian interventions apart from our daily essential aero-medical emergency services. To date 570 food parcels and 100 sanitation packs have been delivered to Vryheid, Ladysmith, Newcastle, Manguzi and Glenside near Bergville.

A project of this nature is not possible without the commitment and partnership of various roles players. The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health partnered with the following organisations and individuals:

  • non-profit organisations such as the Al-Imdaad Foundation to assist with food donation;
  • Indiza Airport Management (Pty) Ltd for waivering landing fees and allowing access to Virginia Airport as the central logistics point;
  • Focus Air for allowing the use of their hangar at Virginia Airport to store food parcels.
  • Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS).

The words of our late President Nelson Mandela echoes, “There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.”  It is only through partnerships such as these that as a nation we are able to stand together to fight this pandemic and assist those in need.

At AMS, our commitment to changing lives and saving lives knows no boundaries!

Social relief for remote rural communities of Kwa-Zulu Natal

Social relief for remote rural communities of Kwa-Zulu Natal

AMS was tasked by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health and other social partners to assist with social relief aid to remote rural communities of KwaZulu-Natal who have been severely affected by the corona virus.

The AMS is honoured to be able to assist in providing humanitarian interventions apart from our daily essential aero-medical emergency services. To date 570 food parcels and 100 sanitation packs have been delivered to Vryheid, Ladysmith, Newcastle, Manguzi and Glenside near Bergville.

A project of this nature is not possible without the commitment and partnership of various roles players. The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health partnered with the following organisations and individuals:

  • non-profit organisations such as the Al-Imdaad Foundation to assist with food donation;
  • Indiza Airport Management (Pty) Ltd for waivering landing fees and allowing access to Virginia Airport as the central logistics point;
  • Focus Air for allowing the use of their hangar at Virginia Airport to store food parcels.
  • Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS).

The words of our late President Nelson Mandela echoes, “There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.”  It is only through partnerships such as these that as a nation we are able to stand together to fight this pandemic and assist those in need.

At AMS, our commitment to changing lives and saving lives knows no boundaries!

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Let's stand together to fight COVID 19

Let’s all work together to fight the spread of COVID-19. The AMS is committed to do everything in its power to work with government and society to fight this pandemic. Stay informed and take the necessary precaution to curb the spread of the Coranavirus! We will continue to render services to all South Africans, taking the necessary protective measures to keep our staff, patients and health workers safe. #COVID19 #Coronavirus Poster credit: National Department of Health

Let's stand together to fight COVID 19
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Let's stand together to fight COVID 19

Let’s all work together to fight the spread of COVID-19. The AMS is committed to do everything in its power to work with government and society to fight this pandemic. Stay informed and take the necessary precaution to curb the spread of the Coranavirus! We will continue to render services to all South Africans, taking the necessary protective measures to keep our staff, patients and health workers safe. #COVID19 #Coronavirus Poster credit: National Department of Health

Werner Norval
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Meet our team ...

Today we introduce Werner Norval, Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) based at our Cape Town base.  Werner, another fitness and outdoor enthusiast, joined the AMS family in November, here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself: I grew up in Cape Town and attended DF Malan High School. I went on to study BCom Financial Accounting at Stellenbosch University. I soon realised that it was not for me. In 2007 I started working for Old Mutual as a financial adviser. During the first three years at Old Mutual, I studied financial planning at Milpark Business School. I worked for Old Mutual for another three years, six years in total. I then later resigned, re-did my matric Maths, Science and Biology and applied to study the BEMC course at the University of Johannesburg. After obtaining my degree in 2017 I started to work for Netcare911 in their ICU division. I was introduced to the aero-medical environment where I spent a year flying part time for them on their helicopter as an Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP). I resigned in October 2019 and started with AMS in November 2019.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Yes, finance.”

Why did you choose to join the AMS? “I believe it is a great company to work for. The experience I am gaining in the aero-medical environment with them is priceless.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To become a helicopter pilot.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I like to exercise, running and swimming specifically. Furthermore, my spare time goes towards planning my wedding and honeymoon later this year. I also like to braai and socialise with friends. I also have a motorbike that I enjoy doing some day trips on.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “I look much older than I really am!”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Being able to serve the community and care for patients. Also, my office has the best view anyone can ask for.”

What is on your bedside table? “A lamp, fan and heater.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? Hitler I suppose; however, I am not that much into famous people. I would rather have dinner with my friends.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “They always make a comment regarding the things we see and that they have a lot of respect for what we do.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “That day is still coming…9 May 2020, my wedding day!”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To be the helicopter pilot.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Anything sweet, but I don’t share my tinkies!”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without?  “My soon to be wife! Oh, and oxygen! Typical paramedic thing to say.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Laugh every day!”

Do you have a life philosophy?Don’t overthink. I struggle with that.”

 

 

Meet our team ...
  • Werner Norval

Meet our team ...

Today we introduce Werner Norval, Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) based at our Cape Town base.  Werner, another fitness and outdoor enthusiast, joined the AMS family in November, here’s a look into his world …

Tell us about yourself: I grew up in Cape Town and attended DF Malan High School. I went on to study BCom Financial Accounting at Stellenbosch University. I soon realised that it was not for me. In 2007 I started working for Old Mutual as a financial adviser. During the first three years at Old Mutual, I studied financial planning at Milpark Business School. I worked for Old Mutual for another three years, six years in total. I then later resigned, re-did my matric Maths, Science and Biology and applied to study the BEMC course at the University of Johannesburg. After obtaining my degree in 2017 I started to work for Netcare911 in their ICU division. I was introduced to the aero-medical environment where I spent a year flying part time for them on their helicopter as an Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP). I resigned in October 2019 and started with AMS in November 2019.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Yes, finance.”

Why did you choose to join the AMS? “I believe it is a great company to work for. The experience I am gaining in the aero-medical environment with them is priceless.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To become a helicopter pilot.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I like to exercise, running and swimming specifically. Furthermore, my spare time goes towards planning my wedding and honeymoon later this year. I also like to braai and socialise with friends. I also have a motorbike that I enjoy doing some day trips on.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “I look much older than I really am!”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Being able to serve the community and care for patients. Also, my office has the best view anyone can ask for.”

What is on your bedside table? “A lamp, fan and heater.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? Hitler I suppose; however, I am not that much into famous people. I would rather have dinner with my friends.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “They always make a comment regarding the things we see and that they have a lot of respect for what we do.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “That day is still coming…9 May 2020, my wedding day!”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To be the helicopter pilot.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Anything sweet, but I don’t share my tinkies!”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without?  “My soon to be wife! Oh, and oxygen! Typical paramedic thing to say.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Laugh every day!”

Do you have a life philosophy?Don’t overthink. I struggle with that.”

 

 

Anathi Matutu
  • Anathi Matutu

Meet our team ...

Newly graduate and self-motivator Anathi Matutu joined the AMS family as Junior Accountant in our Finance Department in February this year. Here’s a look into Anathi’s world …

Who is Anathi Matutu? “I am from a windy city called Port Elizabeth. I am the last born amongst three girls. I have recently completed my Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Financial Accounting at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). I am also a hardworking young female who is self- motivated, determined and have a desire to succeed.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Previously, I was a student assistant at my varsity where I assisted students in leasing out prescribed textbooks.”

Why did you choose to join the AMS? “The first thing that caught my eye when searching the organisation was the humanitarian aspect, providing maximum service to the community which is what I believe and am passionate about - offering my service to the community.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Initiative. I am a person who likes to suggest from activities to creating a norm.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I read books, listen to music and casually bake with my friends.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “I am not reserved as I appear to be. Once I am used to the environment and someone I become more relaxed and engaging.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “My job does not only focus on a particular aspect. Every day you learn something new, which is what I enjoy most about my job.”

What is on your bedside table? “Journal, tissue, scented candles and vaseline.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be?

“Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein, Coco Chanel and Nelson Mandela.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “They literally asked me about journal entries, balance sheet (if it did balance) and VAT because I used to tell them a lot when I was still a student.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “Completing my degree and getting a job that is in line with what I studied.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “An engineer.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “I cannot decide on one. But anything with sugar – cake, doughnut, chocolate, etc.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “I cannot live without lipstick.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?  “Obstacles are the cost of greatness”

Do you have a life philosophy? “Yes. To be still in the midst of chaos and to accept things as they are and enjoy life.”

Meet our team ...
  • Anathi Matutu

Meet our team ...

Newly graduate and self-motivator Anathi Matutu joined the AMS family as Junior Accountant in our Finance Department in February this year. Here’s a look into Anathi’s world …

Who is Anathi Matutu? “I am from a windy city called Port Elizabeth. I am the last born amongst three girls. I have recently completed my Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Financial Accounting at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). I am also a hardworking young female who is self- motivated, determined and have a desire to succeed.”

Were you in any other trade before? “Previously, I was a student assistant at my varsity where I assisted students in leasing out prescribed textbooks.”

Why did you choose to join the AMS? “The first thing that caught my eye when searching the organisation was the humanitarian aspect, providing maximum service to the community which is what I believe and am passionate about - offering my service to the community.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Initiative. I am a person who likes to suggest from activities to creating a norm.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I read books, listen to music and casually bake with my friends.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “I am not reserved as I appear to be. Once I am used to the environment and someone I become more relaxed and engaging.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “My job does not only focus on a particular aspect. Every day you learn something new, which is what I enjoy most about my job.”

What is on your bedside table? “Journal, tissue, scented candles and vaseline.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be?

“Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein, Coco Chanel and Nelson Mandela.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “They literally asked me about journal entries, balance sheet (if it did balance) and VAT because I used to tell them a lot when I was still a student.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “Completing my degree and getting a job that is in line with what I studied.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “An engineer.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “I cannot decide on one. But anything with sugar – cake, doughnut, chocolate, etc.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “I cannot live without lipstick.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?  “Obstacles are the cost of greatness”

Do you have a life philosophy? “Yes. To be still in the midst of chaos and to accept things as they are and enjoy life.”

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Cyclists airlifted in a critical condition

03 March 2020: The Western Cape Department of Health EMS/AMS rescue helicopter airlifted a cyclist in a serious condition from Simon's Town to Vincent Palotti. Images courtesy Rob de Wet.

Cyclists airlifted in a critical condition
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Cyclists airlifted in a critical condition

03 March 2020: The Western Cape Department of Health EMS/AMS rescue helicopter airlifted a cyclist in a serious condition from Simon's Town to Vincent Palotti. Images courtesy Rob de Wet.

Simoné Theunissen
  • Simoné Theunissen

Meet our team ...

Today we introduce Simoné Theunissen, newly appointed Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) at our Oudtshoorn base. Simoné a true adventurist, has been with the organisation for approximately two months, here’s a look into her world ...

Who is Simoné Theunissen: “I was born in Krugersdorp, moved to George when I was nine and grew up on a farm. I completed my Bachelor of Emergency Medical Care (BEMC) degree at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in Port Elizabeth.”

Were you in any other trade before? “No.”

Why did you choose to join the AMS? It has been my dream to work at AMS since I started studying. I love the mountains, I have a keen interest in rescue and aviation medicine. I love flying and AMS provides me with the opportunity to combine all my passions.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To become an external load operator.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming and building puzzles.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “I am a sensitive viewer; I cry when watching sad movies.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Flying and doing rescues.”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible, journal and lamp.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Jesus Christ, Edmund Hillary, Mother Teresa, Bare Grills and Dr Chris Barnard.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “What is the worst thing you have seen thus far? I hate that question. The job is so much more than that!”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When I assisted with my first mountain rescue on a hike near Formosa peak in 2017.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To become a wildlife veterinarian.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Chocolate.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Exercise.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “My Grandma said; ń aanhouer wen!”

Do you have a life philosophy? “Life is short, so live it to the fullest!”

Meet our team ...
  • Simoné Theunissen

Meet our team ...

Today we introduce Simoné Theunissen, newly appointed Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) at our Oudtshoorn base. Simoné a true adventurist, has been with the organisation for approximately two months, here’s a look into her world ...

Who is Simoné Theunissen: “I was born in Krugersdorp, moved to George when I was nine and grew up on a farm. I completed my Bachelor of Emergency Medical Care (BEMC) degree at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in Port Elizabeth.”

Were you in any other trade before? “No.”

Why did you choose to join the AMS? It has been my dream to work at AMS since I started studying. I love the mountains, I have a keen interest in rescue and aviation medicine. I love flying and AMS provides me with the opportunity to combine all my passions.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To become an external load operator.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming and building puzzles.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “I am a sensitive viewer; I cry when watching sad movies.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Flying and doing rescues.”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible, journal and lamp.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Jesus Christ, Edmund Hillary, Mother Teresa, Bare Grills and Dr Chris Barnard.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “What is the worst thing you have seen thus far? I hate that question. The job is so much more than that!”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When I assisted with my first mountain rescue on a hike near Formosa peak in 2017.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To become a wildlife veterinarian.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Chocolate.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Exercise.”

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

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “My Grandma said; ń aanhouer wen!”

Do you have a life philosophy? “Life is short, so live it to the fullest!”

Aviation for Healthcare Providers Course.

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service is proud to collaborate with experts from various healthcare fields and institutions to provide world class training in Cape Town, South Africa.
 
We are currently taking bookings for the Aviation for Healthcare Providers Course.
This five day course is an exciting mix of case-based learning, theoretical teaching and hands on practicals designed to equip paramedics, nurses and doctors to practice evidence based aviation medicine.
AHA Basic Life Support
AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Introduction to Aviation Medicine (1 day)
Advanced Airway Management workshop
Ventilation Workshop
Critical Care Retrieval workshops
Recognition, Stabilization and transfer of the congenital cardiac child
Maternal Emergencies in transit
 
For all training enquiries please email: training@ams.org.za

 

Aviation for Healthcare Providers Course.

Aviation for Healthcare Providers Course.

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service is proud to collaborate with experts from various healthcare fields and institutions to provide world class training in Cape Town, South Africa.
 
We are currently taking bookings for the Aviation for Healthcare Providers Course.
This five day course is an exciting mix of case-based learning, theoretical teaching and hands on practicals designed to equip paramedics, nurses and doctors to practice evidence based aviation medicine.
AHA Basic Life Support
AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Introduction to Aviation Medicine (1 day)
Advanced Airway Management workshop
Ventilation Workshop
Critical Care Retrieval workshops
Recognition, Stabilization and transfer of the congenital cardiac child
Maternal Emergencies in transit
 
For all training enquiries please email: training@ams.org.za