Southwest Ambulance Service says it is currently not operationally assigned
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The ambulance service which covers Cornwall has issued a reassurance message over fuel supplies, after long lines at petrol stations.
The Southwest Ambulance Service says it is operationally unaffected.
It comes after one of its governors tweeted that there was “bunker fuel” in places in the confidence zone.
Andy Nickolls added that a “national resilience plan” was in place if fuel became unavailable.
He posted: “To reassure patients & public @swasft has stored fuel in trusted zone locations & a national resilience plan in the event of fuel unavailability.
“Private ambulances will still need fuel from the garages, however.”
In a statement issued Monday, September 27, South Western Ambulance Service said, “We are currently not operationally impacted by fuel issues.”
Late Monday night, the government confirmed that the military was now on standby.
Ministers said up to 150 soldiers were being trained to help deliver fuel, if needed.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said, “The men and women of our armed forces stand ready to relieve transportation pressures where they are greatest.
“This is why I authorized their increased preparation so that they are ready to intervene if necessary.”
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, who issued the request for military aid to civilian authorities, added, “As the fuel industry expects demand to return to normal levels in the coming days, it is right that we take this reasonable precautionary measure.
“The UK continues to have significant fuel supplies, but we are aware of the supply chain issues at petrol station forecourts and are taking action to alleviate them as a priority.
“If necessary, the deployment of military personnel will provide the supply chain with additional capacity as a temporary measure to help alleviate pressures caused by spikes in localized demand for fuel.”
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