North Wales Fire Service signs Convenant
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service signed the Flintshire Armed Forces Covenant
(AFC) recently at County Hall in Mold.
By signing this Covenant, the Fire and Rescue Service joins Flintshire County
Council in making a commitment to support the Armed Forces Community in
The event was attended by representatives from the Armed Forces, Council
employees, the Regional Armed Forces Liaison Officers and the Council’s Armed
Forces Champion, Councillor Andy Dunbobbin.
Signing the AFC represents a firm commitment by the North Wales Fire and Rescue
Service to supporting the AFC recognising the value of serving personnel - both
regular members and reservists, veterans and military families and their
contribution to the nation.
Speaking at the event, Councillor Dunbobbin, said:
“Flintshire County Council is delighted that North Wales Fire and Rescue
Service is joining the other 18 signatories and is pledging its support to the
Flintshire Armed Forces Covenant. We have an active and enthusiastic Steering
Group and have made significant steps to promote the Covenant and ensure
employees and the public are aware of the needs of the Armed Forces Community.
“We look forward to the Fire and Rescue Service becoming an active partner and
working with us to promote awareness of the Covenant, honour the achievements
of the Armed Forces Community and make a real difference to their lives.”
Chief Fire Officer Simon Smith said:
“It was an honour to sign this agreement. Our priority is to provide the best
possible fire and rescue service to the communities of North Wales, 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 through their military training.
“Signing this covenant demonstrates our commitment to upholding the key
principles involved and in working and acting together with other partners in
North Wales to support the armed forces and its wider community.”
The Covenant is a commitment from the nation that members of the Armed Forces
community should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the
provision of services and that special consideration is appropriate in some
cases, especially for those who have given the most. Flintshire County Council
formally signed the Covenant in July 2013.
Left to Right: Cllr Aaron Shotton, Leader FCC, Fiona Mocko FCC, Karen
Armstrong FCC, Cllr Andy Dunbobbin, Simon Smith Chief Fire Officer, Colonel
Mark Powell, Janette Williams Regional Armed Forces Liaison Officer North East
Wales, Peter Fuller FCC and Army veteran and Stephen Townley Regional Armed
Forces Liaison Officer North West Wales