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British soldiers step up and cover ambulance driving duties

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Pictured are ambulances being driven by military personnel at Wellington Barracks today, 21/12/22. Photographer: Sgt Jimmy Wise - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

British soldiers have begin to cover ambulance driving duties as a part of their commitment to provide Military Aid to Civil Authorities.

Military Aid to Civil Authorities aka MACA is the help and support provided by the Armed Forces to authorities in the UK, like the Police, NHS, or local authorities.

The government can call on the military to assist at times of need, to share the burden on civil organisations.

The Band of the Irish Guards on the parade square of Wellington Barracks this morning. Photographer: Sgt Jimmy Wise UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

600 military personnel from across the three single services have received training to provide non-clinical support to hospital trusts across England in the form of ambulance driving.

Support is being provided to London Ambulance Service, Northwest Ambulance Service, Southeast Coast Ambulance Service, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and North East Ambulance Service.

A further 150 personnel will directly support those 600 personnel with logistical planning.

Pictured: London Ambulance Service crew going over ambulance procedures with the Army and Royal Marine personnel taking part in the MACA. Photographer: Sgt Jimmy Wise UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022. MOD News Licence.

Lieutenant Colonel James Shaw, Brigade Major of the Household Division, said his troops were “confident” and were showing “a huge amount of initiative.”

The officer, who has been overseeing training at Wellington Barracks continued:

“It’s a really important task and I think we’re incredibly proud.

“And obviously being military, you just want to do the best you can possibly do on this sort of thing, so I’m sure there will be a few nerves.”

However, a soldier told the Conservative Post:

“I’m actually enjoying it and I’m happy to help. we all are. I haven’t heard anyone say otherwise. To be honest it’s why I joined the army. I want to serve my country and that means in any capacity. I’m not going to comment on the strikes… I’m not here to judge. I’m just here to do a job and I’ll do it to the best of my ability. Ask any of the lads. They’ll all say the same.”

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