The focus and stamina of rescue swimmer Torsten Henschel saves a 15-year-old boy from drowning after a rip current pulls him out to a severe and treacherous sea.
Fire fighter Jongikhaya Nombakuse crawls through waterlogged, exposed electrical wires and flames fuelled by strong winds to rescue an old man from his burning shack.
Advanced Life Support Paramedic Wayne Broodryk's brave and immediate action saves an unconscious man trapped in a burning car from certain death.
Lifesaver, Carey Glover's initiative saves not one, but several lives off the Umhlanga coast in peak season.
Off duty fire fighter Hakeem Meyer’s mental and physical agility saves three tourists from certain drowning.
Fire fighters Eggberry and Kruger brave the raging Vaal River in full flood and overcome dangerous obstacles to save a trapped fisherman.
Early intervention and the determination of a team of paramedics give a 1-year-old drowning victim a fighting chance at survival.
Fire, medical and rescue personnel endure for hours to rescue vagrant men trapped under a collapsed building.
Purpose, expertise and hours of painstaking concentration by a team of fire fighters saves a critical patient trapped in an industrial machine at a packaging plant.
Bennie van der Wath's instinctive reaction saves the life of a fellow fire fighter when gas cylinders explode in what was reported to be a simple veld fire.
The reflexes and quick action by a team of fire fighters saves the life of a 3-year-old dog attack victim in critical condition.
Paramedic Richard Schouten's skill and experience saves the life of a stowaway detection officer in grave danger.
Sheer strength from a team of fire fighters saves a father and daughter from drowning in their submerged car.
During floods in the low-veld region, 72 hours of sustained, coordinated and precise effort by several agencies result in a world-class operation where over 300 people are evacuated and 55 critical rescues performed.
Fire fighter Claassen's tenacity saves a young boy from drowning in a muddy marsh after a car accident lands the occupants deep into the swamp.
A small, passionate team of fire fighters responds to a fire at a block of flats saving forty trapped residents, one by one.
The Eden District Municipality fire department was summoned to assist the MTO plantation – where a number of factors conspired to create a deadly, perfect firestorm. This ultimate disaster scenario endangered several fire fighters and hand fire crew - trapped in a maelstrom of flames. Deputy Fire Chief Deon van Wyk had to rapidly create a series of firebreaks and back-burns with incredible precision, timing and speed. Van Wyk's passion for his crew, experience, technical skill and sheer stamina saved several lives that day.
A harmless sightseeing trip turned into a nightmare for two teenage boys when they found themselves trapped by the icy, violent rage of a waterfall in full force. With incredible physical, mental and emotional strength, a volunteer National Sea Rescue Institute team took on the formidable waters to bring the boys out alive.
Young Shimmy Sefatsa has been on the job for only 17 months. As a learner fire fighter, he has been taught to follow orders and take instruction. But one morning, Shimmy was first at the scene of a fire at a block of flats. Shimmy took initiative and immediate action, saving the lives of two trapped residents.
In the early summer of 2010, a local paramedic confronted what for many people would be the worst of nightmares – an attack by a swarm of angry bees. Bravely putting his own fears aside he went to the rescue of two small babies.
While attempting to always remain as dispassionate and uninvolved as possible, every rescue worker has one experience or event that will linger in their memories for years to come. For Ekurhuleni rescue personnel, this event occurred on the night of 1 August 2010. An extraordinary team effort taxed the training, skill and limits of endurance of a remarkable group effort. An incredible community spirit came to the fore in an extraordinary mixture of triumph and tragedy.
Charl Nieuwoudt, Deon Alberts and Egnall Brown, three Swift Water Rescue Technicians from Overberg Fire and Rescue and Provincial Ambulance Services, rescued a man, woman and two year old child from the raging Breede River.
Mervyn van Ginkel, Leading Fire Fighter and High Angle Rescuer, Innesdale Fire Station, Pretoria, rescued a teenage girl who tried to jump off the 3rd floor of a district hospital building.
Thulisile Nkosi, Fire Fighter, Leon Ferreira Fire Station, Boksburg, jumped into a dam to pull a drowning man from a vehicle.
Sean Serfontein, Volunteer Rescue Swimmer, National Sea Rescue Institute Durban, was lowered by helicopter into turbulent seas to save 17 sailors from a sinking ship.
Vinton Alfreds, George Hilton and Andries van den Berg, Fire Fighters and Crew Commanders from Alberton and Thokoza Fire Stations, saved a teenage girl trapped under a double-decker bus.
Mlungiseleli Ciko, Fire Fighter and Shift Commander, Fire and Emergency Services, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, treated casualties of a 16-seater taxi accident.
Pieter Pieterse, Intermediate Life Support Paramedic, and Peet Laubscher, Basic Life Support Paramedic, Netcare 911 Gauteng, assisted in the evacuation of 2600 mineworkers trapped underground.
J.J. Viljoen, Fire Fighter and Divisional Chief, City of Joburg EMS, extricated driver from a crashed cement truck.
Shaun Paul, Advanced Life Support Paramedic and Operations Manager, Netcare 911, Ballito, saved a drowning father from turbulent seas.
Alta “Mossie” Haschick and Donald Olivier, Volunteer Rescue Swimmers, National Sea Rescue Institute, rescued drowning school children from stormy seas.
Volunteer Sea Rescue Swimmer Andre Fletcher, National Sea Rescue Institute, Durban Station 5, saved crew of a yacht from turbulent seas.
Andre Nel and Tshwane Shift 2 (Gordon Kuhn, JJ Mahlangu, Collin Kekana, Japie Breytenbach and Joel Mokobodi) ran into a blazing building and saved countless lives.
Netcare 911 Ambulance Emergency Assistants, Jannie Meiring and Mamakgowa Rataemane, risked their lives to save two men trapped inside a crashed plane.
Netcare 911 Basic Life Support personnel, Abel Sethole and Life Mathebula, went beyond the call of duty to rescue an unconscious man from a dangerous burning car wreck.
Off-duty Platoon Commander Adel Supra of the Cape Winelands Fire Department rushed to the aid of a man whose car had veered off the road and fallen forty meters down a cliff.
On his way back from ambulance duties, volunteer fire fighter Themba Tshemese noticed smoke coming from a shop. Little did he know that a family, including a six month old baby, were locked inside.
Paramedic Sanet de la Porté received a call for a drowning at the Vaal River, but when she arrived at the scene she found a lady unable to swim, trying desperately to rescue her drowned boyfriend
While attending another call, paramedic Marcel “Moz” Nordin and his partner noticed a plume of smoke coming from Benoni CBD. Upon arrival, they found a woman hanging from a window on the top floor of her building.
Paramedic Mike Murray and urban search and rescue specialist Peut Holtzhausen were dispatched to rescue a man who had climbed up a 41 meter (11 storey) tower crane. But when the Bronto skylift they called in was only able to reach nine stories, it was up to Mike and Peut to save his life.
‘A’ Shift of Berea Fire Department were dispatched to rescue a 16 year old girl from the window of a nine storey building. They tried to talk to her, but she wouldn't comply. It was only then that they realised she was deaf and mute.