It is a good use of the asset and I remember doing something similar in Kent many years ago. I do tend to think that there is often a kneejerk "call the Army in" attitude during various perceived levels of 'crisis'. Case in point is during firefighter strikes. Apart from a tiny percentage, the Armed Forces are neither trained nor equipped to deal with fires. If ordered, they will respond and do the best they can but whilst better than nothing, a bunch of enthusiastic infantrymen in an ageing bedford water pumnp should not really be considered as an adequate replacement. Furthermore, to assume that we have a myriad of aircraft, vehicles and troops just sitting around doing nothing is wide of the mark.
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