Deon qualified as an Advanced Life Support Paramedic though Wits in 1992. After working locally and abroad in EMS, Deon focused his attention in the corporate environment and holds a National Higher Diploma in Business Management as well as National Diploma for Train the Trainer.
Deon has worked in executive positions with national private emergency services companies, as well as holding directorships with national training and health & safety companies. Most recently, Deon spent some more time abroad as one of the leading paramedics on the successful Parbuckling Project in Italy where a team of international experts raised the Costa Concordia. Deon returned to our shores in 2014 and is now applying his years of executive and management experience as a consultant in the health and safety as well as training environments.
In 2017, Deon’s wealth of experience and training afforded him opportunity to register as a health and safety practitioner with the South African Institute for Health and Safety. Deon is registered as a Graduate Member of SOISH.
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CRITICAL CARE PARAMEDIC| TRANSVAAL AMBULANCE TRAINING COLLEGE| 1992
NAT. DIPLOMA AMBULANCE & EMERGENCY CARE|TECHNIKON WITWATERSRAND | 1992
NAT. HIGHER DIPLOMA BUSINESS MANAGEMENT|DAMELIN | 2003
NAT. DIPLOMA TRAIN THE TRAINER|DAMELIN | 2005
BREATHING APPARATUS INDUCTION CERTIFICATE|ACTION TRAINING | 2005
ACCIDENT & INCIDENT INVESTIGATION CERTIFICATE|ACTION TRAINING | 2005
5 DAY FIRE FIGHTING CERTIFICATE|ACTION TRAINING | 2005
CONDUCT OUTCOMES BASED ASSESSMENTS|HWSETA SPONSORED | 2008
DESIGN & DEVELOP OUTCOMES BASED ASSESSMENTS|HWSETA SPONSORED | 2008
FACILITATE LEARNING USING A VARIETY OF METHODOLOGIES|HWSETA SPONSORED | 2008
HAZMAT AWARENESS LEVEL CERTIFICATE|AMBUSAVE ACADEMY | 2009
HAZMAT OPERATIONS LEVEL CERTIFICATE|AMBUSAVE ACADEMY | 2009
HAZMAT AWARENESS LEVEL CERTIFICATE|AMBUSAVE ACADEMY | 2009
SHE COORDINATOR CERTIFICATE|AMBUSAVE ACADEMY | 2009
FALL PROTECTION CERTIFICATE|AMBUSAVE ACADEMY | 2009
SAFE STACKING AND STORAGE CERTFICATE|AMBUSAVE ACEDEMY | 2009
SAQCC FIRE SERVICE TECHNICIAL CERTIFICATE|ACTION TRAINING | 2009
EVALUATE A LEARNING INTERVENTION CERTIFICATE|HWESTA SPONSORED | 2009
MODERATE OUTCOMES-BASED ASSESSMENTS|HWSETA SPONSORED | 2009
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION CORE INSTRUCTOR|EMERGENCY CARE GLOBAL | 2009
HAZARD IDENTIFICATION AND RISK ASSESSMENT|AMBUSAVE ACADEMY | 2010
COID ADMINISTRATION|AMBUSAVE ACADEMY | 2010
ADVANCED FIRE FIGHTING|AMBUSAVE ACADEMY | 2010
AVIATION HEALTHCARE PROVIDER|JHB HOSPITAL – DEPT. OF SURGERY | 2013
SAIOSH GRADUATE MEMBER REGISTRATION|SOUTH AFFRICAN INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY | 2017
CONSTRUCTION HEALTH AND SAFETY SAFE BUILD COURSE |KZMBA | 2018
South African Institute of Occupational Health and Safety
One of three ALS Paramedics to have worked on the Costa Concordia parbuckling project
- Health and Safety and Consultation,
- Legal Compliance,
- Assessment and Moderation,
- Operations Management.
HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSULTANT | VELD COOPER & ASSOCIATES
July 2015 – Current
- Occupational health and safety consultation
- Health and safety training facilitation and assessment
- Design, supply and implementation of safety files
- Occupational health and safety legal compliance audits
- Health and safety outsourcing for clients
ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT PARAMEDIC | COSTA CONCORDIA WRECK REMOVAL
February 2013 – July 2014
- Advanced Life Support Paramedic for the salvage operation.
- Manage and co-ordinate diver emergencies / hyperbaric emergencies.
- Manage and co-ordinate offshore and onshore emergencies.
- Manage onshore medical facility as well as offshore medical facilities.
- Primary healthcare.
- Crew / Staff training.
- Hospital referrals and Medevac / Aeromedical support
- Co-ordination of salvage operations in cooperation with Health and Safety management team.
- Purchasing of capex and consumable medical equipment / supplies
DIRECTOR | SHEQ DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
January 2009 – February 2013
SHEQ Development Institute (SDI Group) is an amalgamation of companies providing specialist services related to health and safety management and implementation.
My chief roles at SDI Group included but were not limited to:
- Emergency Medical Response Coordination
- Events Medical Standby coordination
- Operational and logistical management
GENERAL MANAGER / TRAINING MANAGER | AMBUSAVE ACADEMY
January 2004 – February 2013
- Training course management and coordination
- Human Resources management
- IT software and IT hardware management
- Health and safety implementation and management
- Operational management
- Course materials and training quality assurance
- Course materials and development
- Development of assessments and management and assessment practices
- Moderation of internal and external assessments
- Financial management
- Training delivery and presentation
- Database design, creation and implementation
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR | PHARMATRIALS TECHNOLOGIES
June 2005 – April 2008
A development and manufacturing company specialising in unique and niche markets. The product range was limited to cold chain management transportation containers and electronic temperature monitoring devices for use in a variety of specialised cold chain environments. A number of other products were in developmental stages. The company was initially established to augment the specialised blood transportation operations of Bloodline (Pty) Ltd – a subsidiary company of Ambusave (Pty) Ltd.
NATIONAL LOGISTICS MANAGER | EMERGENCY ROOM COMPANY PTY(LTD) – ER24
December 2002 – January 2004
In December of 2002 the ambulance component of Ambusave was sold to ER24 whilst Ambusave retained the blood transportation and training academy.
I was precluded from continuing my employment at Ambusave due to a restraint of trade in the sales agreement and was recruited by ER24 to continue managing the ambulance operation as a branch manager. Within three months of moving to ER24 I was offered the position of National Logistics Manager. I continued my employment at ER24 as the National Logistics Manager until December of 2003 when I resigned to return to Ambusave. The restraint of trade expired which allowed me to return as General Manager and Training Academy Principal at Ambusave.
GENERAL MANAGER | AMBUSAVE PTY(LTD) – ER24
September 2000 – December 2002
Positions Held – General Manager, Operations Manager, Advanced Life Support Paramedic, Training Academy Principal.
When I started with Ambusave my chief function was to provide Advanced Life Support and to grow the business. We achieved phenomenal growth and within the first two tears had grown the business from operating two ambulances to operating six advanced life support / ICU ambulances in Gauteng; this was despite competing with ambulance companies that had been established within our operational area for many years.
It was in the course of my employment at Ambusave that we embarked on additional businesses within the company which included the establishment of an Ambulance training academy as well as emergency blood transportation for hospitals in our operational area.
PARAMEDIC | LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)
In 1997 I resigned from the JHB EMS to work and travel abroad.
I worked for Southern Counties Ambulance Services initially and then for Harley Street Ambulance – the premiere private ambulance service in London. I was exposed to a very different market to the South African EMS and essentially travelled throughout England, Scotland and Wales transferring critically ill patients. I was also exposed to many dignitaries who travelled to England for emergency care.
In 1999 my working holiday Visa expired and I returned to South Africa.
PLATOON COMMANDER| JOHANESBURG EMERGENCY SERVICES
December 2002 – May 1997
I joined the Johannesburg Emergency Management Services in 1992 (Dec) immediately after completing my studies in emergency care. I was assigned to the Soweto / JHB South Operational division.
During the course of my employment I was expected to assist Ambulance Officers with the day to day management of the operational base as well as provide training and development for existing staff over and above my assumed responsibility of emergency care provision for the residents of Soweto, Lenasia, Eldorado Park and the rest of the Southern Operational Division of the JHB EMS.
I was also afforded the opportunity of being an acting station commander for a period of six months before accepting a transfer to the JHB EMS northern operations. I was then based at Fairview Fire Station and promoted to Platoon Commander.
Before leaving the EMS in 1997 to travel and work abroad I spent some time working the in the JHB EMS command / control centre as the regional dispatcher for the Southern Operational Division.
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