Minister Mbombo acknowledges flight parademics

Media Advisory:

Tomorrow, 13 August 2015, Minister Nomafrench Mbombo will acknowledge flight paramedics during an award ceremony for successfully completing the External Load Operator (ELO) training. Minister Mbombo along with the South African Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) will be handing over ‘wings’ to the newly trained ELOs.

The Western Cape Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Services, in partnership with AMS, provides an emergency rescue and air ambulance service via a fleet of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

The Western Cape Department of Health is working in partnership with AMS to ensure that all citizens have access to equitable acute specialised care at all levels.

Together with AMS, the Western Cape Department of Health and other affiliated rescue organisations are working hard to address the current shortage of skills within the specialised aero-medical field.

AMS successfully trained six full time paramedics as external load operators. ELO’s fly helicopters and require special training in order to save patients in life threatening emergencies, often combatting rough terrains and surf swells.

Minister Mbombo will honour these paramedics during their award ceremony.

The media is invited to attend.

DATE   : Thursday, 13 August 2015

TIME    : 16:00 – 18:00

VENUE: AMS Cape Town Base, General Aviation Area, Cape Town International Airport

There will be opportunities for interviews and photographs.