Employers watch Casualty Evacuation demo

June 5, 2024
The employers who visited Barry Buddon in front of a truck.

Highland RFCA attended the Barry Buddon Training Area on 18 May for a demonstration of battlefield casualty evacuation (CASEVAC).

The simulation by 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7SCOTS) was held in perfect sunny weather and allowed employers from the Highland RFCA-area to learn more about the important work of Reservists.

The Casualty Evacuation Demonstration also gave the employers a valuable insight into the critical skills and care needed to safely remove injured soldiers from the battlefield. The employers then moved on to watch the Troops undergoing Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) Lane Training. This demonstrated the rigorous training Troops undergo to tackle IEDs.

Group of employers listen to a Reservist.

Employers being briefed at the Barry Buddon Training Area.

The employers are all supportive of the Armed Forces, having signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

They also each hold Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Awards at various levels. These included representatives from ERS Gold Award holder IED Training Solutions; and Silver Award holders Simplicity in Mind, the University of Dundee, and The Dundee Gin Company Ltd.

The day also saw the presentation of the Armed Forces Covenant and ERS Bronze Award to Forfar-based RAM Engineering & Tooling Ltd. Highland RFCA Regional Employer Engagement Director Ray Watt facilitated this, with Company Director Ross Milne receiving the Armed Forces Covenant from 7SCOTS.

The presentation of the Armed Forces Covenant certificate to RAM Engineering.

Major Hood, Officer Commanding, Alpha Company, 7SCOTS,  presented the Armed Forces Covenant certificate to RAM Engineering & Tooling Ltd’s Ross Milne.

RAM Engineering & Tooling Ltd first signed the Armed Forces Covenant in October 2023. By signing the Covenant, it has become one of the almost 12,000 organisations to pledge support to the Armed Forces community.

Its commitment to honouring the Covenant includes pledges to:

  • Embrace and embody a steadfast commitment to those who serve and continue to serve our nation.
  • Uphold the values of fairness, equality and respect for all those who have served or are connected to the Armed Forces.
  • Recognise the unique challenges faced by Service personnel, Reservists, Veterans and military families.

RAM Engineering & Tooling Ltd also received the ERS Bronze Award. The ERS Awards encourage employers to support Defence and inspire others to do the same. The prestigious Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards are for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the Armed Forces.

Employers listen as a soldier talks to them.

Employers at Barry Buddon learn the theory of casualty evacuation.

Ross Milne said: “We are delighted to announce that we have signed the UK Armed Forces Covenant, pledging our support for Armed Forces personnel during and after their Service. We are proud and humbled to have received the Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award.

“The morning spent with the Reserves was time well spent. As someone who has served, with friends and family who have done the same, this experience reaffirmed memories and reinvigorated our commitment to the importance of the Armed Forces for the security of the nation.

“We look forward to collaborating with the HRFCA team to achieve Silver and Gold Awards, further raising awareness and support for the Armed Forces.”

Following the presentation the employers also had an opportunity to engage with the Reservists. This was an excellent opportunity for networking and building connections with the personnel who serve our country.

To find out how you can support the Armed Forces, contact HRFCA’s Regional Employer Engagement Directors Roy McLellan at [email protected] or Ray Watt at [email protected].

Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant.

Find out more about the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

Find out more about RAM Engineering & Tooling Ltd.