Over 170 members of the Royal Air Force have arrived in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, to deliver the second round of Whole Town Testing in the UK.
Working alongside Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (MTCBC), NHS Wales, Welsh Government and DHSC, up to 175 members of the RAF are supporting the operation which has seen 14 testing sites established in the area.
RAF Personnel joined council volunteers this week. They have been deployed from several RAF Stations across the UK, many straight out of their first phase of Recruit Training at RAF Halton. These newest members of the Royal Air Force will be putting the skills they were taught only weeks ago into practice.
On arrival, personnel trained to use PPE correctly and deliver the testing at the local Leisure Centre. They then move in teams into one of the testing centres set up by the MTCBC. The additional personnel will offer a greatly increased capacity at each centre and demonstrates partnership in action, enhancing the towns ability to drive down the number of COVID-19 cases.
The RAF has been involved in numerous MACA (Military Aid to the Civil Authority) tasks to support the UK Governments response to COVID-19, including support to hospitals and logistic hubs, delivering testing in Birmingham, delivering tests to nursing homes and also as part of the Aviation Task force to transport critically ill patients by Air.
Photo credit SAC Connor Tierney. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2020