Ex-DZO of Skydive Tilstock Freefall Club
Colin Fitzmaurice a Paramedic who has been a member for forty-two years since completing his static-line round course at the Eagle Sports Parachute Centre in Kent. Since then Skydiving has taken Colin all over the World.
Colin adds “When I returned from Australia in 1992 I realised that I needed to get involved with more grown up stuff like getting a job and I’ve now been a Paramedic for twenty eight years with the Shropshire and West Midlands Ambulance Services. This career has run concurrently with being the DZO of Skydive Tilstock Freefall Club for twenty-three years before handing over the reins to Alex Busby Hicks and his lovely wife Kat Busby Hicks four years ago.
We work a shift pattern of two days and two nights at a time, each of twelve hours. However, given that we are so occupied with the current COVID-19 situation and that I can’t shoot off to Empuriabrava when I feel like it, we are all working lots of overtime.
We have been overwhelmed by the support shown to ourselves and the other key workers by the general public and the generous gifts of cakes etc. I think diabetes will get me before the virus! My advice to my fellow skydivers is to stay at home and don’t try out those daft ideas that will get you too badly injured as we’re busy enough already! Together we can get the virus under control and get the jump planes back in the air.”