The Awesome Air Evac Team

Our team of medical, aviation and operations professionals are the driving force behind Awesome Air Evac. They have a multifaceted and resourceful understanding of our operational environment while ensuring we remain committed to innovation, have ongoing attention to detail and uncompromising diligence while examining the varied dimensions of our clients' needs, ensuring that nothing that might have an impact on their success is overlooked.

Awesome Air Evac’s standard medical flight crew is a mission specific combination of a Flight Doctor and Flight Nurse or Flight Paramedic. All of our medical flight crew have the following minimum experience/ qualifications:

  • ACLS and PALS
  • ATLS
  • Pre-hospital EMS experience
  • ICU experience
  • Trauma experience
 

OUR CORE TEAM 

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Dr Glenn Staples, the Medical Director, has over 15 years of experience in aeromedical services including the following:

  • In excess of 400 fixed wing flight missions
  • In excess of 600 HEMS missions
  • Establishment and Management of Fixed Wing, HEMS and Helicopter Surf Rescue Operations across Africa
  • 10 years of pre-hospital primary response EMS work in Johannesburg (road ambulance)
  • 3 years Anaesthetics experience
  • 18 months dedicated ICU experience
  • 2 years Full-time experience in a Level 1 Trauma Unit
  • Previous BLS, ACLS, PALS and APLS Instructor

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GENERAL MANAGER

Shane Marais, the General Manager, is an Advanced Life Support Flight Paramedic with extensive experience in aeromedical operations and medical assistance services in Africa. He also has the following experience:

  • 20 years’ experience in the operational and managerial aspects of the pre-hospital and aeromedical environment
  • Flight operations management
  • The establishment and management of Fixed Wing, HEMS and Helicopter Surf Rescue operations across Africa.
  • Quality Management – ISO 9001:2008

 

 

Wayne Grindell is an Advanced Life Support Paramedic with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Emergency Medical Care and 20 years of experience in the pre-hospital environment. He is a Director and oversees the Flight desk and Operational Services as well. He has experience in the following:

  • More than 10 years’ part-time operational experience in Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS)
  • Experience as Executive Director of Pre-hospital Operations on a National level
  • National Training Manager and Principal of an EMS school for emergency care
  • Previous BLS, BTLS, ACLS and APLS instructor

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Brett Muir is an Advanced Life Support Paramedic (Critical Care Assistant) with more than 20 years’ experience in the pre-hospital environment. He is a Director and his experience includes:

  • More than 5 years of part-time operational experience in Helicopter Emergency
  • Medical Services Executive Management of various international pre-hospital and remote site medical service companies
  • Previous BLS and ACLS instructor

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