Reservist Paramedic Deploys to Front Line

Thursday, 18 August, 2011

Flight Leiutenant John Carolan-Cullion been wished a safe deployment by Squadron Leader 'Rem' Merrick, the Executive Officer on 612 (County of Aberdeen) Squadron Photographs - SAC Tim White - RAF Leuchars Photo Section

Reservist Flight Lieutenant John Carolan-Cullion, who is a paramedic with the Scottish Ambulance Services' Special Operational Response Team, has deployed to Afghanistan. John will be operating out of Camp Bastion on the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT).

The role of the MERT, which operate from especially kitted-out helicopters, is to fly into the contact area of a fire-fight and extract the wound; who could be NATO, local troops, civilian and taliban. The Team immediately provides medical attention to the wounded and relays to the hospital, receiving the patient(s), the condition of the injuries, so that the surgical teams can prepare to receive the injured.

On departing 612 (County of Aberdeen) Squadron, the surgical unit John serves with based at RAF Leuchars in Fife, he said "I took a decision 2 years ago to re-branch from a reserve force protection squadron to a reserve surgical squadron, so that my paramedic skills could be used in a military environment. This decision has now come to fruition and I am looking forward to delivering care at the point it is most needed"

If you are interested in joining the Reserves please contact 612 Squadrons recruiting department on 01334 839471 Ext 7974 or email

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