Scotland based British Army soldiers are supporting the NHS frontline in Glasgow by using their training for hazardous environments to assist hospital staff with PPE fitting.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is equipment that protectS the user against health risks at work. It can include items such as gloves, eye protection and specialist masks designed to protect the wearer from pathogens.
Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), based in Penicuik and the 3rd Battalion The Rifles (3 RIFLES), based in Edinburgh, have been testing the fit and functionality of the PPE that hospital staff are wearing to protect themselves against COVID-19 during their work on the wards and ICUs.
The troops involved are specially trained CBRN (Chemical, Biological, radiological and Nuclear) instructors, whose job normally involved teaching and testing infantry soldiers to operate, fight and survive in operational areas involving hazards from chemicals, bio-hazards and radioactive substances.
They were joined by several experts from the Defence CBRN Centre in Wiltshire, who got the training up and running, across four NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Hospitals in Glasgow, including the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
The soldiers are part of the Ministry of Defence effort to support the NHS and the Scottish Government in the fight against COVID-19.
Other personnel are providing specialist planning and advisory roles, liaison roles with health boards, providing additional helicopter airlift capacity for patients in rural areas and and assisting with testing for the virus at drive-through testing centres, say the British Army.