Employee Spotlight

Who is Lester Uren?

“Originally from Bonteheuwel in the Western Cape, I had a blessed upbringing with supportive parents and siblings. My journey in EMS began at Pinelands ambulance base, where I progressed from volunteer to permanent roles, eventually specialising as a Rescue Technician.

My passion for EMS took flight when I immersed myself in aviation medicine under the guidance of mentors like Gary McCormick and Andre Jooste. Their influence instilled in me a deep love for the field. Over the years, I’ve honed my skills, including a stint in remote site medic work on onshore oil rigs overseas, which was an eye-opening experience.

In everything I do, whether in South Africa or abroad, my goal remains the same: to provide the best possible care and to pass on my knowledge to others in the field.”

If your life were a movie, what would it be called?

“While I don’t equate myself with the portrayal of Jesus in the movie Passion of Christ, I draw inspiration from the illustration of enduring through testing times.

My unwavering faith and belief in the Lord have been my rock through dangerous, testing, and stressful situations. My faith has carried me through, reinforcing my strength in the face of adversity.”

What inspired you to join the AMS team again?

“I joined AMS because of the organisation’s commitment to reaching the most remote areas of South Africa. It’s all about ensuring that everyone, no matter where they are, has access to the medical care they need. To me, that’s what healthcare is all about-making sure everyone has a fair shot at getting better.

What sealed the deal for me was the vibe at AMS. We work together like a well-oiled machine. That sense of togetherness is something I cherish, and it’s what makes me excited to be a part of this team.”

Any exciting adventures you’ve experienced?

“My most exciting adventure was during my deployment in Iraq, where I worked as a medic on the security team. Working in those austere environments was no walk in the park. But as they say…tough times breed resilience.

I had to adapt quickly, but in doing so, I gained a newfound appreciation for the diverse cultures and tribes in Iraq. It was a learning experience like no other, and despite the challenges, I grew to respect and even love the people I met along the way.”

What motivates you?

“My wife’s unwavering support is my anchor in life’s storms, always there to keep me positive no matter what. Her love stands strong through every challenge, a constant source of strength.

Alongside her, my faith in a higher purpose guides me. Knowing that I’m in the right place at the right time for a purpose-driven by God and not by myself.”

How do you unwind at the end of each day to manage workload and avoid burnout?

“Hitting the open road on my bike, feeling the wind in my face and the freedom of the ride! Catching up with my family, chatting about our days, and sharing stories.

My favourite way to wind down? Listening to my father-in-law reminisce about his younger days. There’s something truly fascinating about hearing his stories and learning about how things used to be done.”

Do you have any motto you live by?

“The greatness of a man is not how much wealth he acquires but in his integrity and ability to affect those around him positively.  Bob Marley”

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