Around 50 of our staff give up their time to serve in the Reserve and Cadet Forces, balancing their civilian life with a voluntary role.
They bring a unique mix of skills and experience to their NWAS roles. NWAS has always enjoyed close links with the forces, and we encourage staff who wish to spend time either with the Reserve and Cadet Forces to do so.
This experience gives them great team building and other professional skills which are incredibly useful in their work for NWAS.
Reservists make up approximately one sixth of our Armed Forces personnel and are integral to protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas, particularly providing capability in specialist areas such as medical and cyber. In addition, there are over 28,000 Cadet Force adult volunteers across the three cadet forces.
Here is the story of one of our Cadet Force adult volunteeers:
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT1) Joe Lord, is based at Rochdale ambulance station, and for the last seven years he has served as a Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC) officer. He currently holds the rank of flight lieutenant and is responsible for a RAFAC Squadron in Oldham, comprising 35 RAF cadets and seven staff.
Says Joe: “The best part of being a Cadet Force adult volunteer is seeing the difference in a young person from when they join to when they leave the organisation – it is an amazing feeling to know you have made a positive influence in a person’s life!”
During the COVID-19 outbreak Joe was offered the position of safe undress/welfare officer as part of a small NWAS team based at the Nightingale North West Hospital in Manchester.
This role involved overseeing the cleaning and turning around of ambulances, ensuring crews are able to safely remove PPE and most importantly ensuring the welfare of ambulance crews coming into the hospital.
Joe’s experience as a RAFAC officer has been invaluable in delivering this role utilising his leadership and organisational skills in order to provide support to both crews and patients, making difficult decisions under pressure, directing his team under challenging circumstances and providing welfare and safeguarding support during difficult times.
To celebrate our Reserve and Cadet Forces and Armed Forces community at NWAS we will be raising the Support Our Forces flag at our various sites around the North West.