Covid-19: UK to deploy 225 military personnel to support Scotland
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Covid-19: UK to deploy 225 military personnel to support Scotland ambulance

22 Sep 2021 (Last Updated September 22nd, 2021 11:22)

Announcement of UK military support follows a request from the Scottish Government.

Covid-19: UK to deploy 225 military personnel to support Scotland ambulance
A temporary test site for Covid-19 staffed by the army. Credit: Andrew Davidson / WikiCommons.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it will deploy 225 armed forces personnel to support the Scottish ambulance service during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The MoD will deploy 114 personnel to execute non-emergency driving work. Each of them will be paired with a clinical professional and take charge of the role from 25 September.

The members are expected to be on duty for the next few months and will support the central belt of Scotland.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Our armed forces are once again stepping up, demonstrating their versatility as we support the Covid-19 response across the UK.

“We are proud to work alongside the dedicated men and women at the Scottish ambulance service as they continue to provide a lifesaving service to the people of Scotland.

“Our commitment to provide rapid support to communities and civil authorities is being delivered alongside the deployment of thousands of personnel on operations around the world.”

The remaining 111 personnel will help run Covid-19 mobile testing units that the UK military previously supported last year.

This support team will start their task on 29 September and focus on identifying infections and limit the spread of the virus transmission.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said: “Our fantastic British Armed Forces have played a key role in the fight against Covid-19 across the UK, and it is admirable to see them once supporting crucial public services in Scotland in times of need.

“The dedication and professionalism of the 225 personnel being deployed will be invaluable for the Scottish ambulance service and Covid-19 mobile testing units.

“We are grateful for all their efforts to keep us safe. As we have continued to see throughout the pandemic, the strength of the union and support offered by the UK Government has never been more important.”