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Ambulance Officers, Emergency service and rescue officials and paramedics are often the first responders at an accident or medical emergency scene.
Their role is to stabilise patients and provide immediate, stabilising emergency care (from basic first aid to highly-specialised emergency treatment) on-site for patients or victims and ensure their safe and fast transport to medical facilities for further care.
The learning path for careers in the emergency services ranges from general and basic first aid and care to highly specialised expert advanced life support skills, from certificates in basic emergency care all the way through to Master’s degrees – the choice is yours).
Ambulance officers may also transport the elderly to hospitals as well as ill patients between hospitals and other care facilities.
Emergency service and rescue officials often also carry specialised equipment for rescuing people from very dangerous emergency situations.
Paramedics are highly skilled emergency medical rescue personnel, with knowledge of advanced life support protocols.
Depending on the specific career path you wish to take, you will typically need the following qualifications to be a paramedic, ambulance officer or emergency service in South Africa.
Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects to become a Ambulance Officer/ Emergency Service/ paramedic in South Africa:
Depending on the specific career path you wish to take, it may take anywhere between 1 to 4+ years to become a paramedic, ambulance officer, or emergency service and rescue official in South Africa. These include:
Careers in the emergency services are some of the most in-demand jobs not only in South Africa but throughout the world due to their level of expertise and training.
Ambulance officers, emergency service personnel, and paramedics in South Africa can work at government or private hospitals as well as private ambulance and emergency services companies.
To find more information about ambulance officers/ emergency service personnel/ paramedics in South Africa, contact the:
There are two types of paramedics courses that you can pursue in order to qualify as a paramedic in South Africa. These include: