Military personnel train to drive oxygen tankers to help supply NHS if required

Soldiers have begun oxygen tanker driver training in Port Talbot to help supply the NHS if required, as the country goes into a three-week lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak.

The six soldiers are taking part in a week-long course of classroom-based and vehicle training.

They will join 150 Royal Navy, Army and RAF personnel who can drive vital supplies of oxygen.

It's part the UK Armed Forces’ preparations to help the NHS battleCoronavirus.

Six soldiers are learning to drive Oxygen tankers in order to help the NHS. Credit: UK Army

The First Minister says his government has opened discussions with the army about helping the NHS in Wales as it deals with the coronavirus outbreak.

Mark Drakeford said he had given his officials the go-ahead to open talks with the Ministry of Defence to find out ways the army could be brought in to help support the health service.

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