Cleveland Fire Brigade signs Armed Forces Covenant

Cleveland Fire Brigade is signing the Armed Forces Covenant at an official ceremony on Thursday July 26 (10.30am) in a pledge to support the Brigade’s employees who are members of the Armed Forces community.

The Covenant will be signed by Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer, Cleveland Fire Brigade with Colonel Andy Hadfield and Lieutenant Colonel Chris Green from the 4th Infantry Brigade and HQ North East, based at Catterick arrison as fire appliances and army vehicles line-up side by side.

CFO Ian Hayton said: “We are honoured to sign-up to the Covenant. Cleveland has strong regional links with the Armed Forces and we have a proud history of employing members of the armed forces and those who continue to do so as reservists. They bring with them a range of transferable skills through their military training, such as leadership, excellent communications and technical application and help strengthen our role in keeping the Cleveland community safe

“The Covenant confirms our commitment to honour the Armed Forces and support the Armed Forces community and their families”.

Organisations signing the Covenant also become eligible for participation in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme which recognises and rewards UK employers for their support to Defence personnel.

The MOD’s Regional Employer Engagement Director for the North of England, Darren Rhodes said: “The Armed Forces community can contribute real value to a business as employees bringing a wealth of skills and experience. The Armed Forces Covenant encourages the Armed Forces community to nurture a two way relationship, it is important to Defence to foster an open, honest relationship with employers and we ensure the needs for the company are considered alongside those of Defence and the Armed Forces community. We are pleased to welcome Cleveland Fire Brigade as signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant as their strong community links and contribution to public service demonstrate many values in common with the UK’s Defence personnel.”

For more information on the Armed Forces Covenant visit: www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/covenantinaction