First trained paramedic RETURNS from retirement

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Scotland’s first qualified paramedic has returned from retirement to help tackle the pandemic.

Bill Mason, a 64-year-old man who retired in 2011, will return to the Scottish Ambulance Service mobile Covid testing unit as a supervisor.

The trial for UK paramedic service was launched in March 1971, but it was not until mid-80 that another limited training programme was introduced across the UK.

In 1986, the NHS’s first fully-fledged training course for paramedics was developed and Mason was chosen to represent Scotland as part of a ten-person group trained in Banstead, Surrey.

The head event for Scottish Ambulance Service, Pat O’Meara, said: “Bill Mason was well-known and liked within the Scottish Ambulance Service as a long-serving member of staff in both operational and managerial roles.

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