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Army deployed to assist Welsh Ambulance Service

 

Welsh Ambulance announces nearly 100 Soldiers, including 9 personnel from the Royal Logistics corps will be deployed to assist the Welsh Ambulance Sevice from tomorrow.

To help contend with a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Welsh Ambulance Service has re-enlisted the support of the military.

From tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd December) more than 90 soldiers will once again assist the Trust driving ambulance vehicles.

Chief Executive Jason Killens said:

“The extreme pressure on our ambulance service in the last couple of weeks has been well documented, and it’s why we’ve taken the decision to re-enlist the military, who did a superb job of assisting us earlier in the year."

“We’re proud and grateful once again to be working alongside the military in the collective effort against Covid-19, and I know colleagues will extend the same warm welcome as they did the first time around.”

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“With coronavirus case rates at high levels in many areas of Wales, it’s welcome and reassuring that our Armed Forces will help our ambulance and NHS services during what is set to be a very busy winter period” Welsh Secretary Simon Hart commented.

Minister of the Armed Forces, James Heappey, added: “The whole of the United Kingdom must pull together if we are to overcome coronavirus and get back to the way of life we know and value.

“Our Armed Forces will do this again in Wales by joining the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust for the second time this year.

“Ninety four military personnel, including medics and drivers, will support the ambulance service as they care for the most vulnerable during these challenging times.

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