Emergency Service Crew (Aviation)

An Emergency Service Crew is responsible for responding to emergency situations and providing medical and rescue services in aeronautical environments, including airports, airplanes, and other aviation-related settings. They work collaboratively with other emergency responders and ground support staff to ensure the safety of all individuals involved in an aviation emergency.


  • Responding to emergency situations in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Conducting search and rescue operations.
  • Providing medical assistance to injured individuals.
  • Assisting in the evacuation of passengers and crew from airplanes.
  • Transporting injured individuals to medical facilities.
  • Operating and maintaining specialised equipment, such as helicopters and rescue boats.
  • Collaborating with other emergency responders and ground support staff.
  • Conducting training and drills to prepare for emergency situations.


  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Physical fitness and stamina to perform strenuous tasks in emergency situations.
  • Ability to remain calm and focused under pressure.
  • Ability to operate specialised equipment, such as helicopters and rescue boats.
  • Knowledge of medical procedures and emergency response protocols.
  • Ability to assess and prioritise tasks in fast-paced and unpredictable situations.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to think critically.

Personal Requirements

  • Courageous and confident.
  • Empathetic and compassionate.
  • Resourceful and adaptable.
  • Detail oriented and thorough.
  • Professional and respectful.
  • Committed to providing high-quality service.
  • Willing to work irregular hours and respond to emergencies at short notice.
Emergency Service Crew members in aviation play a critical role in ensuring the safety of passengers, crew members, and others on the ground. They must be physically fit, emotionally resilient, and have the necessary skills and qualifications to respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations. This is a demanding and rewarding career for those who are passionate about helping others and committed to ensuring public safety.

How to Enter

  • National Senior Certificate (Matric) or equivalent.
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic certification.
  • Basic Fire Fighting and Rescue certification.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Ability to pass a background check and obtain security clearance.
  • Experience in emergency response or a related field is preferred.

Further Information

Health Professionals Council South Africa (HPCSA)
Tel: 012 338 9300

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