November 14th 2014


An Army Reservist from Chesterfield who works as both a Maternity Care Assistant and a Lifeguard, has taken time out to reflect on her military career to date.


Fran ReedFran ReedSapper Fran Reed, aged 24 years, who lives in Chesterfield, is a Reservist with 350 (Sherwood Foresters) Field Squadron (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) based at Wallis Barracks on Boythorpe Road.

On a day-today-basis Fran works at Chesterfield Royal Hospital as a Maternity Care Assistant which entails caring for women and new babies and aiding the midwives in any way she can. She also works at Sharley Park Leisure Centre in Chesterfield as a Lifeguard on a part-time basis as she has always had a love of keeping fit.

Describing why the Army Reserve appealed to her Fran said: “I joined the Army Reserve in June 2013 for the adventure and the adrenaline. Being in the Reserves allows me to push myself out of my comfort zone to achieve new goals and I believe the discipline expected from recruits including myself has benefited both of my civilian jobs too.

“A lot of hard work and determination went into my basic Army Reserve training although that’s what made it so enjoyable. It was intense and I had to be committed but it was defiantly the challenge and adventure I had hoped for.

“It’s so different to my civilian life so it’s great to know I can do something in my spare time that both challenges me and that makes a positive difference for my country.”

Fran is also a keen sportswoman outside of her Reserve career. She continued: “I love being busy and have many interests outside of work and being a Reservist. I enjoy running, going swimming and go to the gym at least three times a week to weight lift. I also take part in gymnastics classes with Sharley Park girl’s gymnastic club. I’m hoping to complete a gymnastic coaching certificate in the New Year too.”

350 Field Squadron train in both Chesterfield and Nottingham on a weekly basis and are an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit.

Fran continued: “I was presented with a physical training award during my basic training; this was a huge achievement for me as there were 30 men and women in my training troop. Passing my training was an extremely proud moment for me, and something I will never forget.”

350 Field Squadron is holding an open evening at Foresters House, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 6GX on Tuesday 25 November from 7.30pm, all are welcome and no booking is needed. Visitors will be able to view and ‘get their hands on’ EOD equipment used on operations.

To find out more call 0115 9464909 or email