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HEARTFELT PROMISE: Buckinghamshire Fire and rescue service pledge to support Armed Forces community

 Published on: 13th July 2021   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service (BFRS) has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise to provide active support to the Armed Forces community.

It acknowledges that they recognise the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families can bring to BFRS.

By signing the covenant, Chief Fire Officer Jason Thelwell QFSM has pledged that BFRS will seek to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant.

CFO Thelwell said: “Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has always endeavoured to support those who have served, those who are currently serving, and all those connected with the Armed Forces. 

“We strongly believe the experience they have gained provides key transferable knowledge, skills and disciplines that can be of huge value to us and the Service.

“The Armed Forces Covenant formally recognises our commitment to supporting both the physical and mental well-being of this often-unrecognised part of our community. 

“I am proud that we will now be able to display its logo, alongside our own, to help others recognise us as an ally.

“Signing it brings an exciting new dimension to our focus on our people, our aim to make this organisation an employer of choice, and our work towards delivering our vision for the people of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.”

Councillor Lesley Clarke OBE, chairman of Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority, said: “I am tremendously proud that we have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and will be looking forward to hearing about how the pledge we have made, has provided support to the Armed Forces and their families.”

Pictured left to right: Warrant Officer Emma Kerslake, councillor Lesley Clarke OBE, Standard Bearer Dickie Heybourn, Group Captain Phil Arnold, Standard Bearer Chris Cook, Jason Thelwell QFSM

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