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MFRS handed silver award for support to armed forces community

MFRS handed silver award for support to armed forces community

Friday, 18 August 2017

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is among twelve businesses from across the North West of England who have received Silver Awards under the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) for their support to the Armed Forces community.

The ERS Silver Awards recognise organisations who demonstrate support for Service personnel, including employing members of the Armed Forces community, and show flexibility towards training and mobilisation commitments for Reservists. Silver Award winners also support the employment of Cadet Force Adult Instructors, former Service personnel and military spouses or partners.

This year, the following employers from across the North West of England have been awarded Silver:

• Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service
• Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
• Brunswick Youth and Community Centre
• East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
• Edgar Brothers
• Oldham Council
• Protective Security
• The Riverside Group
• Tom Harrison House
• The University of Bolton
• Veterans HQ
• Veterans in Sefton

The award winners will be presented with certificates signed by the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff during a ceremony in November.

Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence People, said: “Congratulations to this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award winners who have turned their willingness to make a difference to our Armed Forces into effective programmes of support.

"Your actions mean that our veterans, the wounded injured and sick, our Reservists and their families are not disadvantaged by their military service and have the same opportunities as everyone else. Your commitment is highly valued and is at the heart of all that can be achieved in every part of the country through the Armed Forces Covenant”.

Reacting to the award, Dan Stephens, Chief Fire Officer MFRS and former Parachute Regiment soldier, said: “Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service greatly values the relationship we have with the Armed Forces community. We currently have over 70 personnel who are former Service men and women or serving Reservists with the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force, and we have a written policy to support our Reservist staff.

“We regularly engage operationally with the Armed Services through training and National Resilience arrangements, a relationship which brings benefits to both parties. During 2017 we will be recruiting Community Safety Apprentices, and through local engagement we’re encouraging Army Cadets to apply for these roles. We’re very proud that our support to Defence has been recognised with the ERS Silver Award.”

Lieutenant Colonel Steven Wotherspoon, Regional Employer Engagement Director at the North West of England and the Isle of Man Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (NW RFCA), said: “On behalf of the Ministry of Defence we are honoured to be able to recognise the level of support and commitment given to the Armed Forces by organisations in the region.

“Each recipient has demonstrated not only that they value the ethos of the Armed Forces but also that they are prepared to help Reservists, former servicemen and women and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers in the workplace.

“The experiences gained through service with the Reserve Forces or volunteering with the Cadet organisations equip individuals with invaluable life skills – motivation, self-discipline, confidence, communication, teamwork and leadership – all of which make a positive contribution to any organisation.”

For more information about the Defence ERS Awards, visit

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