June 25th 2014


Nottingham’s airborne medics and infantry reservists will be holding an open night on Wednesday, 25th June for people interested in finding out more about life in the Army Reserve.

144 Parachute Medical Squadron (144 Para Med Sqn) and soldiers from C Company, 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment (4 PARA ) who are based at the Triumph Road Army Reserve Centre are inviting people to come along from 1930 – 2100hrs to find out how they can train as a soldier in their spare time.

144 Para Med Sqn is the only Army Reserve medical unit with a parachute capability. It is designed to be parachuted into action to provide initial treatment to causalities and stabilise them for movement to more specialist facilities.

The Squadron’s Nottingham detachment recruits trained medical and healthcare personnel including surgeons, nurses and Combat Medical Technicians. It also has non clinical roles including chefs, drivers and radio operators.

Major John Ainscough, 144 Para Med Sqn, said: “We are fully integrated with our regular regiment, 16 Medical Regiment, and have deployed personnel every time it has gone on operations. Our medical personnel adapt their skills to a military environment whilst our non-medical staff provide the valuable support that allows us to concentrate on delivering medical care.”

Last month saw members of the Nottingham detachment join members of 4 PARA to take part in Exercise Airdrop Warrior on Salisbury Plain. The annual exercise saw the reservists practise their airborne capability by jumping into action from two Hercules transport planes.

4 PARA is a nationally based Regiment comprising four Companies based in Scotland, Southern England, the North and North West. The Nottingham-based soldiers will form part of the Regiment’s C Company that is based in Pudsey, Leeds.

Captain Tim Fleming, 4 PARA Regimental Operations Support Officer,  said: “We know that there are people in Nottingham that are interested in joining us but may find the commute to Leeds difficult during the week. Therefore the 4 PARA soldiers will train alongside 144 Parachute Medical Squadron in the week in Nottingham and at weekends we will arrange transport to Leeds to train with the rest of C Company.”

All recruits for both units will undertake the Reserve Airborne Induction Training, designed to test the fitness of all recruits for attending Pegasus Company (P Coy). “Don’t be put off by your lack of fitness,” continued Captain Fleming. “That’s what our induction training is for, we will give you advice and training so that when you do eventually take your place on P Coy you will be at your peak of fitness.”

On passing P-Coy all soldiers then attend a two-week Basic Parachute Course including six jumps, finishing with a night descent from 600 ft carrying full military equipment. On completion a soldier is awarded the most coveted award across all the military services: the parachute ‘wings’.

If you would like to find out more you are invited to go along to the open evening at Triumph Road on Wednesday, 25th June or contact the Army Reserve Centre on 0115 9409558.