Robin Thompson (pictured left) and Clive York are two of the eight ESFRS firefighters on secondment to SECAmb to drive ambulances.

Robin said: “It has been a steep learning curve, but very rewarding.

“The SECAmb and NHS staff I have worked with have been amazing – helpful and professional in all that they do, with a great level of team spirit and support.”

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, (SECAmb) has also benefitted from the support of a number of military personnel who work alongside ambulance staff to respond to patients as the service continues to face increased pressure.

The Trust has welcomed the support which follows a request to the Ministry of Defence, approved under the Military Aid to Civil Authorities (MACA) principles.

An initial group of 36 personnel from the Royal Logistic Corps have received training from SECAmb and assist the service by pairing up with a SECAmb clinician for a shift to drive an ambulance. The cohort are based out of the Trust’s Gatwick and Polegate operational areas.