Members of the AMS, Western Cape Department of Health Emergency Medical Rescue Team, and Wilderness Search & Rescue (WSAR) on Tafelberg road after conducting a mountain rescue training exercise. Photograph: Grant Duncan-Smith: Subiaco Photography
Who, what and why of AMS
Photograph: Grant Duncan-Smith: Subiaco Photography
Since it was established in 1966, Air Mercy Service (AMS) has grown into a comprehensive aero-medical service with a unique service delivery model, utilising volunteers, professionals, strong partnerships with the Departments of Health, not-for-profit organisations and the private sector to facilitate access to appropriate healthcare services for both the critically ill or injured persons and those requiring specialist medical expertise, especially those from remote rural communities. The AMS is the only aero-medical operator in Southern Africa which offers a complete package of air-ambulance, health outreach and rescue services, using a mix of fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft and ground vehicles.
The PC 12 at Vredendal, transferring a critically ill patient from Vredendal to Tygerberg Hospital.
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
The Flying Doctor and Rural Health Outreach Service
• Flying specialists (many of whom are volunteers), as well as support personnel to outlying hospitals and rural communities.
• Addresses important community primary healthcare needs.
• Improves rural skills by training local and medical personnel.
• The KwaZulu-Natal service has been extended to include ground support units to access areas that has limited access by aircraft. The ground support vehicles are also used to get to hospitals which are in close proximity to doctors.
Day old baby being transferred from Bredasdorp to Worcester Hospital.
AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE
This service complements the local road ambulance service by providing rapid emergency aero-medical transport of patients who are critically ill or injured.
Rescue in Bainskloof
The AMS provides the most effective civilian air-rescue service in Africa, with more than a decade of rescue experience working with Department of Health EMS, Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) and its many affiliates including Surf-Life Saving South Africa and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI). AMS brings extensive experience, strong local knowledge and a strong record of flight and rescue operational safety to the rescue service.
Q: How will we use the funds?
A: To buy a new tractor to tow our aircraft onto the airstrip.
AMS use helicopters and fixed wing aircraft that are converted into fully equipped 24-hour advanced life support air ambulances.
Our helicopters and fixed wing aircraft are stored inside hangars at most of our bases from where we operate.
We rely on towing vehicles such as tractors to pull our aircraft onto the apron for all our emergency flight take-offs. The tractor is an important part of our operation as it allows our medics and pilots to be airborne as quickly as possible for the emergency transportation of the critically ill and injured during the golden hour when rapid response can make the difference between life and death. Funds raised will be used to purchase a replacement tractor for our Cape Town base operation.
The faithful old tractor that needs replacing...
The AMS and Rotary have had a long relationship, going back to the early 70’s when, with the assistance of Rotary, AMS acquired a twin-engine Piper Aztec, named The Spirit of Rotary I and later in the early 80’s, a twin-engine Piper Chieftain, called the Spirit of Rotary II.
Today, we need your help to buy a new tractor for Cape Town base please.
Why do we do this?
“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
Mission of Rotary International
What makes Waterfront Rotary unique is that we are the only club with a Nautical theme which creates a fun, fluid element to all our activities.
We are one of the most vibrant and active clubs in the district that comprises Angola, Namibia and parts of the Western, Southern and Northern Cape.
Waterfront Rotary is one of the larger clubs with 35 members and has an excellent membership integration with all age groups and sexes represented, who strive to make a difference in the lives of local communities in a changing world where every day brings new challenges.
Photograph: Grant Duncan-Smith: Subiaco Photography
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who help the destitute in Melkbos...
Through Melkbos Rotary we will be supporting the Melkbos Care Centre and Melkbosstrand Ratepayers Association who are providing food parcels to 25 destitute families who have been affected by job losses through COVID and SASSA not renewing their grants. We never thought that people in Melkbosstrand would become destitute, but some are in dire need - especially the elderly people.
These families have no means of buying food and are reliant on these parcels. It is amazing how far a family can stretch a small parcel of non perishables to last one to two weeks depending on the number of donations received. What is also humbling is how people will say if they cannot use something, such as if they still have something left over, so that someone else can also benefit. It is a humbling experience to see the gratitude and to be able to help. Some of these families had their own businesses or consultancies that closed because of COVID and there is no current demand for their skills.
Thank you very much for this opportunity, the food is going to be a huge help to some very desperate people.
They can use the following non perishable items such as: Tea, coffee, sugar, rice, pasta, salt, oats, long life milk, any canned food like tuna, corn, bully beef, beans, sauces and packet soups.
The following non food items are also welcome: toilet paper, deodorant, handy andy, sponges, disinfectant (bleach), washing powder, washing up liquid, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and sanitary pads.
TERMS & CONDITIONS (T's&C's)
Participation in this event is voluntary and entirely at the participants' own risk. Waterfront Rotary or any of its members or volunteers cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage or injury of any kind. Adherence to the rules of the road and the rally is the responsibility of every participant.
The Rally officially starts at 8.30 on 27 June 2021 and ends at 15h00 on 27 June 2021.
Prizes will be awarded according to the conditions described in the RULES which can be found on the 'How it works' page on the Rota-Rally web page. The Judges decisions are final and during the rally, the jurisdiction of the Race Director prevails.
Each participant must adhere to the South African Covid laws. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen and/or unavoidable circumstances. If the event has to be cancelled, all participants will be notified by email or phone and all entry fees will be returned. Refunds will be issued less the Quicket booking fees.
The 2021 Rota-Rally race director is Nadene Rolston: 0828946813 email: firstname.lastname@example.org