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FEBRUARY 5TH 2018

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service signs the Armed Forces Covenant

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Armed Forces Covenant Signing 1 Feb  (4)

LtCol John Hanson and Darren Dovey signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has pledged support to the Armed Forces by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

An event was held at Wootton Hall, Mereway, on 1 February when the Covenant was signed by Darren Dovey, the Chief Fire Officer, and on behalf of Defence, Lieutenant Colonel John Hanson, the Commanding Officer of the Army’s 103 Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

By signing the Covenant, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has recognised the value that members of the Armed Forces, Regulars and Reserves, veterans and military families contribute to the community and to the country.

The Chief Fire Officer has publicly recognised that members of the Armed Forces community should not face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen.

The Fire and Rescue Service joins a list of more than 20 public and private sector Northamptonshire businesses who have pledged their support through the Covenant; the list includes all the local authorities, Northamptonshire Police, Northampton Saints RFC and The University of Northampton.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Armed Forces Covenant Signing 1 Feb (12)

Colleagues from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Army were present at the signing.

Chief Fire Officer Darren Dovey explained “We are proud to be a HM Forces-friendly organisation, we currently employ a number ex-Regular Forces, Forces spouses and a reservist, so I am keen to pledge support for Defence personnel.

“Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is a diverse and vibrant place to work and we recognise and appreciate the many skills gained through service in the Armed Forces. I’m proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant to show our commitment to support service personnel and their families.”

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Engagement Director in the East Midlands also attended the event. He said: “We are delighted that the Fire and Rescue Service has publically pledged support to the Armed Forces community.

“The Fire and Rescue Service strives to deliver an efficient public service to all members of the community and it is great that the organisation recognises the vast amount of transferable skills and attributes that military personnel bring to their civilian workplace.

 To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk

"I’m proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant to show our commitment to support service personnel and their families.”