A platoon of Reserve soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh have been trained on ambulance decontamination tasks as part of the COVID Response Force in Wales.

This training took place at the Infantry Battle School in Brecon and was delivered by staff from the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust.

The Reservists come from all walks of life, but have been united in being part of the COVID Support Force for Wales. They include a bar tender, a full-time mum, a regional rugby co-ordinator and a full-time Masters student.

Lance Corporal Gareth Kennedy-Brown, a bartender of Aberystwyth said, “In one of the sessions today, we took part in a practical of donning all the personal protective equipment so, masks, various pairs of gloves as well as the full body suits and various states of dress.”

While Fusilier Thomas Hughes also of Aberystwyth said, “We learnt how, even jobs that seem very simple, are exceptionally crucial and really challenging. My family work in the NHS. I feel like I can stand alongside them now and do my bit in helping the country in this very difficult time.”

Lance Corporal Kennedy-Brown and Fusilier Hughes are among 30 Reserve 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, and are in addition to the 60 ambulance drivers provided by Defence on a previous MACA (Military Aid to the Civil Authorities) task.

 

Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Rifles have also been involved in bed-building duties at the newly named Dragon’s Heart Hospital at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

These tasks are part of a fully coordinated response in line with other 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.

 

 

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