Alert, Shack Fire Rescue, Lansdowne

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.

Brave, Burning Car Extrication, Randburg

Advanced Life Support Paramedic Wayne Broodryk’s brave and immediate action saves an unconscious man trapped in a burning car from certain death.

Initiative, Lives Saved by 15-year-old Lifeguard, Umhlanga

Lifesaver, Carey Glover’s initiative saves not one, but several lives off the Umhlanga coast in peak season.

Stamina, Rip Current Rescue, Wilderness

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.


Agility, Tourists Rescued at Sea, Cape Town

Off duty fire fighter Hakeem Meyer’s mental and physical agility saves three tourists from certain drowning.

Courage, River Rescue, Vaal River

Fire fighters Eggberry and Kruger brave the raging Vaal River in full flood and overcome dangerous obstacles to save a trapped fisherman.

Determination, Drowned 1-Year-Old Resuscitated, Klerksdorp

Early intervention and the determination of a team of paramedics give a 1-year-old drowning victim a fighting chance at survival.

Endurance, Concrete Structure Collapse Recovery, Stellenbosch

Fire, medical and rescue personnel endure for hours to rescue vagrant men trapped under a collapsed building.

Expertise, Man Extricated from Industrial Machine, Johannesburg

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.

Instinct, Scrap-Yard Fire Response, Vereeniging

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.

Passion, Mauled 3-Year-Old Stabilized, Belhar

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.

Skill, Stowaway Search Operation, Richards Bay

Paramedic Richard Schouten’s skill and experience saves the life of a stowaway detection officer in grave danger.

Strength, Submerged Car in River Rescue, Wadeville

Sheer strength from a team of fire fighters saves a father and daughter from drowning in their submerged car.

Teamwork, Large Scale Flood Response, Limpopo and Mpumalanga

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.

Tenacity, Swamp Rescue of Young Boy, Port Elizabeth

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.

Vigour, Flat Fire Evacuation, Matlosana

A small, passionate team of fire fighters responds to a fire at a block of flats saving forty trapped residents, one by one.