Founder of the Civil Emergency Services Volunteers (CVS 112) Terry Carter has died.
Mr. Carter who retired in 2005 and purchased a house in Çatalköy also founded the Emergency Services in the TRNC at the request of President Rauf Denktaş.
Terry Carter who had served in the British Navy, ran a disaster unit in the UK. While on holiday with his family near Bodrum in 1983, his wife was taken ill. Not knowing what to do, he contacted a Turkish friend, a doctor, for help. Eventually, his doctor friend took him to the Bodrum State Hospital to show him that his experience and services would be greatly valued. Within 3 months, he returned to Bodrum with a five-man training team from the Thames Valley Medical and rescue unit in the UK. Mr. Carter established an emergency response unit there. The local hospital was renovated, ambulances equipped. Local nurses and ambulance drivers were trained in paramedic skills.
After the Turkish earthquake disaster in 1999, TRNC President Rauf Denktaş came to hear about Mr. Carter’s contribution to local efforts to help the community and asked him to form an emergency response team in the TRNC.
After seven years living in North Cyprus, running the volunteer service, Terry Carter returned to the UK with his wife in 2012. In time, he was diagnosed with cancer and died last Thursday with his family by his side.
He became known as the ‘Father of the updated Medical Services’.