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January 5th 2017

Signing the Armed Forces Covenant in Derbyshire

Chief Fire Officer Terry McDermott and Brigadier Charlie Collins signing the Armed Forces Covenant at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Chief Fire Officer Terry McDermott and Brigadier Charlie Collins signing the Armed Forces Covenant at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging to support their current and future employees who are members of the Armed Forces community.

By signing the Armed Forces Covenant the Fire and Rescue Service has publicly confirmed it recognises the value of employing reservists, veterans and individuals from military families.

Chief Fire Officer Terry McDermott and Brigadier Charlie Collins signing the Armed Forces Covenant

Chief Fire Officer Terry McDermott and Brigadier Charlie Collins signing the Armed Forces Covenant

DFRS currently employs three reservists, and understands that individuals develop a range of transferable skills through their military training such as leadership and managerial skills, the ability to think on their feet and solve problems in potentially pressurised situations.

Terry McDermott, the Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive signed the covenant and said: “It has been an honour to sign the covenant today, pledging the support of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service to the Armed Forces Community.

“The Service works hard to provide an excellent fire and rescue service to the communities of Derbyshire, working to reduce the number of emergency incidents that occur and responding to emergencies when they happen.  It is our dedicated and diverse workforce which allows us to do this and we therefore recognise the value of supporting employees from a military background, who bring many valuable and transferable skills to the service.”

Regional Employer Engagement Director John Wilson, Chief Fire Officer Terry McDermott and Brigadier Charlie Collins at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service's HQ

Regional Employer Engagement Director John Wilson, Chief Fire Officer Terry McDermott and Brigadier Charlie Collins at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service’s HQ

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defences Regional Employer Engagement Director for the East Midlands, said: “We are delighted that Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has signed the covenant, and look forward to continuing to build our positive working relationship over forthcoming months.

“The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.”

The covenant was signed by Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Terry McDermott on 4 January 2017 at the Service’s Headquarters at Butterley Hall, Ripley. The event was attended by Brigadier Charlie Collins, the Army’s Regional Commander for the East of England, who signed the covenant on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.

“It has been an honour to sign the covenant today, pledging the support of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service to the Armed Forces Community."