Royal Air Force personnel are helping the NHS fight Coronavirus by manning civilian ambulances.

According to a news release, teams at RAF Henlow, RAF Honington and RAF Marham have each taken delivery of emergency vehicles to aid the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) with the surge in virus-related calls.

“The five two-man vehicles, and two rapid response cars, are crewed by co-responders, volunteers from various trades across the force who have trained in life-saving techniques and attend emergencies outside of their RAF duties. With some intensive clinical up-skilling from the EEAST the teams are on duty, responding to emergency calls in Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. Some of the co-responders have amassed thousands of hours of volunteering and responding to 999 calls for the NHS.”

RAF Marham Station Commander, Group Captain James Beck, said:

“I am very proud of what the team have done to support the NHS and how valuable our volunteers are to our local community.”

The training package provided to the RAF personnel included virus-specific training, including use of PPE, hospital handover procedures and emergency transfer practice.

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