First on the scene
Daniel Cuthbert traveled with ER24 paramedic teams in Durban, and Jo'burg, capturing the extraordinary dedication and care the teams have for their work.
Cuthbert spent six months riding with the paramedic teams, but ended up focusing on the story of Paul Knoesen, an advanced life-support paramedic and base manager for Pietermaritzburg. "I wanted to understand more about the work that is performed by paramedics in South Africa, as well as understand how the public reacts to them," said Cuthbert. South Africa's roads are regarded as some of the most dangerous in the world. This, and the high crime levels add immense pressure for those working in this industry. In Cuthbert's experience, the level of dedication each of the ER24 paramedics had to their job was extraordinary. "This wasn't a nine to five role; often we would work above and beyond the allocated shifts. Each paramedic I spent time with all had the same outlook -- they wanted to save lives and help people," he said.