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A new club has been set up to bring together former Medical Emergency Response Team members (Picture: Alamy).
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Former members of Medical Emergency Response Team encouraged to join new club

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A new club has been set up to bring together former Medical Emergency Response Team members (Picture: Alamy).

A new club is looking for former Medical Emergency Response Team members who were responsible for evacuating thousands of injured personnel in Afghanistan.

The club is hoping to reconnect members of the UK's Medical Emergency Response Team, also known as MERT.

The teams provided critical treatment to casualties, flying helicopters to collect wounded soldiers and civilians from the battlefield.

The teams typically worked out of Chinook helicopters, specially equipped as flying hospitals. Nearly 7,000 priority patients were supported using an extensive range of onboard lifesaving equipment.

It is estimated more than 2,000 military personnel served on MERT during the Nato-led mission between 2006 and 2014, including aircrew, doctors, paramedics, nurses, medics and force protection teams.

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A Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter firing flares over Afghanistan (Picture: MOD).

Now the club is looking for former MERT personnel across the UK and inviting them to get in touch.

The club was set up by two former members of the RAF, Squadron Leader Shaun Pascoe and Sergeant Robert 'Bob' Shenton. Shaun served for 16 years while Bob is former aircrew and served for 11 years.

Shaun said: "The aim of the MERT Club is to provide a place where past members can re-connect with old friends, share their experiences and help to preserve the team's unique history.

"We would love to hear from any past members who would like to join and enjoy our social events throughout the year.

"Membership is open to anyone who served on MERT in Afghanistan and you will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome," he added.

The MERT Club is a registered non-profit Community Interest Company and is supported by The RAF Benevolent FundThe Lest We Forget Association and The Armed Forces Covenant Fund.

Former members can reconnect and find old friends through a closed Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/themertclub.

For more information about joining the club, former MERT colleagues can contact [email protected] or visit its website mertclub.co.uk.

Synonymous with operations in Afghanistan, the Chinook helicopter and its crews flew more than 41,000 hours, extracted around 13,000 casualties and its crews have been awarded numerous gallantry awards, including 23 Distinguished Flying Crosses for bravery in the air.