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Staffed ambulances and training helps RAF Honington team prepare for NHS support role



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The co-responder team at RAF Honginton has undertaken extra training and received two double staffed ambulances to enable them to support the NHS and the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST).

The team took an intensive clinical upskills course organised by the EEAST to bolster their existing skills and pave the way for six of their team to begin support work for the NHS.

WO Karl Phillips, co-response team leader, said: “The training provided by professional clinical trainers from EEAST was superb. These people worked exceptionally hard to ensure we received the very best theoretical and practical training available in order to properly prepare us for the task. This was further enhanced by Covid-19-specific training, including PPE, hospital handover procedures and emergency transfer protocols.”

Picture credit: RAF Honington
Picture credit: RAF Honington

The team has personnel with varied experience, including RAF police personnel that are blue-light rapid response vehicle (RRV) driver qualified, to physical trainers and military transport drivers.

Two of the team have also completed advanced driver courses, qualifying them to drive the ambulances from RAF Honington.

Group Captain Matt Radnall, RAF Honington Station Commander, said: “I’m delighted that personnel from RAF Honington are able to provide direct support to the NHS ambulance service in our region. I know they are well trained and very much looking forward to playing their part in this incredibly important role.”