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The Army in Wales is training 60 soldiers to prepare to support the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust (WAST) in the battle against COVID-19.

This training, which is part of UK Defence’s 20,000-strong Covid Response Force, took place at the Sennybridge Training Camp in Mid Wales.

The soldiers, drawn from British Army units allocated to Joint Military Command Wales, which has a fully stood up UK Operations Room at Brecon Barracks, the British Army’s headquarters in Wales, were taken through a two-day training package delivered by WAST.

This is a fully coordinated response in line with Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA) requests, authorised through the Standing Joint Command headquarters in Aldershot. JMC Wales also has planners already located in the Welsh Government’s Emergency Co-ordination Centre and in Wales’ four regional Local Resilience Fora.

Military ambulance drivers will not drive ambulances under blue-lights, but are likely to be required to respond to emergencies, to assist the paramedics with non-clinical tasks and drive the ambulance when needed to hospital whilst the paramedic delivers clinical care to the patient.

An NHS representative introduces British Army Soldiers to the equipment within an ambulance.
A Soldier receives health and safety training in use of the hydraulics at the rear of an ambulance.
A member of Seven Brigade loads a stretcher onto an ambulance ready for use.
A soldier from the Royal Signals is mentored by an NHS representative in dealing with airways as a part of training ready to deploy in ambulances.

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