Armed Forces Day 2020!

Armed forces Day 2020

To celebrate Armed  Forces Day, Aaron Hill, senior paramedic and Education and Training Officer EEAST shares his experience of being an Army Reservist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Joining the British Army Reserves in 2017 has been one of the most rewarding decisions I've made within my career, and has provided me with a wealth of experience impossible to gain within the NHS alone. In June 2017 I attested at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, York and joined B Squadron, 335 Medical Evacuation Regiment which fits within the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). 

“Enlisting as a Combat Medical Technician, I spent a number of weeks carrying out basic training at Pirbright Army Training Centre, completing training in weapon handling, fieldcraft, physical fitness training, values and standards, drill and training exercises. 

“Moving on throughout my military career to date, I have been fortunate to be promoted to Acting Corporal, which provides additional responsibility within the regiment and wider Army, and has afforded me additional training in leadership and management which I can transfer into my civilian role with EEAST. I have also attended a number of outstanding clinical training courses, such as the Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support (BATLS) course, European Paediatric Advanced Life Support (EPALS) and the Military Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (MPHEC) course. 

“On completion of the BATLS course, I was selected as a clinical instructor and now frequently spend time teaching this course to combat medics, nurses and Doctors from across all three armed forces. This has been an excellent development opportunity for me, and has given me the experience needed to change roles within EEAST, becoming an Education & Training Officer (Paramedic) at Chelmsford in February this year. 

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, I was handed the challenge of creating and delivering a bespoke induction program for British Army and Royal Air Force medics from 16 Medical Regiment, Colchester to join EEAST as part of our increasing response. Having an understanding of existing scope of practice, and expectations of experience and skills was a huge benefit for me as a reservist, and meant the course could be specifically developed to provide the right level of training to our military counterparts. The two courses delivered at Merville Barracks were a huge success and provided 26 Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians to our workforce, who have been very well received within operations. 

Being an Army Reservist is absolutely something to be proud of, and I would recommend anyone considering joining to phone the recruitment team straight away and start the process off.
It will offer you experiences and skills that you will never gain anywhere else, and the opportunities for travel, deployment and training are endless. Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions!

Earlier this week Chief Executive Officer Dorothy Hosein said:
“Armed Forces Week is always important, but this year it feels more personal as serving member of the military and reservists have been working alongside us, as drivers, clinicians and in support roles.

“We are grateful for their help and proud to serve with them as we faced the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19.”


Published 27th June 2020

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