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Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service sign Armed Forces Covenant

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) has marked Armed Forces Week by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge that organisations acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

The signing took place yesterday (26 June) at the Service’s HQ on Geoff Monk Way, Leicester and saw Lieutenant Colonel Keith Spiers from the Army’s 7th Infantry Brigade sign the Covenant alongside Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer Richard Hall.

LFRS recognise the value of serving personnel, both regular and reserve, veterans and Cadet Force adult volunteers, understanding that the skills they learn through their volunteering can be transferred back in to the civilian work place.

Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer Richard Hall said:

“Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service proudly support those who serve in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, sacrificing their own civil freedoms in helping make the world a safer and more secure place to live and work.

“In signing the Armed Forces Covenant, we’re making a promise to all our reservists who serve or have served, and their families, that they are treated fairly.

“We continue to support Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service employees who are currently Armed Forces Reserves, and in signing the Covenant, we hope to encourage more of our staff to make the same commitment to our country.”

Catherine Suckling, the Ministry of Defence’s Assistant Regional Engagement Director in the East Midlands helped to organise the signing. She said:

“The Fire Service requested that the signing should take place during Armed Forces Week to make the public signing event even more significant.

“The Fire Service understands that employing military personnel, past and present, allows them to transfer valuable skills in to their organisation. Skills such as team-working, problem-solving and management are assets needed in every team and I know the Fire Service is committed to ensuring these qualities are fully utilised in their organisation.”

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


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