Paramedic by day, reservist by night: a day in the life of Michael Rattigan, one of our St Ives based paramedics

Michael is just one of the Trust’s dedicated and hard-working individuals who willingly give their own time to train and serve for the military alongside their full time work commitments.

Recently, Michael joined more than 200 personnel from the Royal Air Force, Army Medical Reserves and the US Army and Air Force Reserve to undertake Meddygol Ops; a two-week serious incident exercise run in rural Shropshire.

During the exercise blast and gunfire are simulated and wounded civilians and soldiers, covered in blood, suffer from life like injuries such as amputated limbs and gunshot wounds. And all the casualties are treated on the frontline by medical staff who launch into well-practiced procedures. Footage of the exercise, filmed by the BBC, is available here for viewing: Exercise 'Meddygol Ops'.

At the conclusion of the exercise, personnel participated in a mannequin challenge to show the important relationship that our UK and US Medical Reserves share. If you look very closely, you’ll see a glimpse of Michael (at 1min 04secs) here: Mannequin Challenge.

Speaking about the exercise, Michael said: “It is beneficial for the Trust because as reservists we receive extra training not only in our various medical fields, but also in team leading and team building, as well as various extra military courses.”

The UK reserve forces play a vital part in our nation’s defence and the Trust is proud to support our reservist staff.

If you want to find out how you can get involved and what is on offer for reserves, please visit the Ministry of Defence website.

* Photo credit: Royal Air Force.

Published 29th July, 2017

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