Kent Fire and Rescue Service is proud to hold an Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. This means that we support the armed forces community and our values are in accordance with the Armed Forces Covenant.
What is the Armed Forces Covenant?
The Armed Forces Covenant is an ongoing ‘promise’ that the government and the nation recognise the obligation we have to those who serve or have served in the armed forces, their families, veterans and the bereaved.
It seeks to ensure that members of the armed forces, former members and their families are not disadvantaged when using public and commercial services.
It requires they are treated with fairness and respect and that special consideration is given to those who have been injured or bereaved.
Some 4,000 organisations, businesses and charities have committed to uphold the covenant including Kent Fire and Rescue Service. Find out more about the covenant.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant
As part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant we currently have 16 Kent and Medway Armed Forces Service champions, who work in different parts of our organisation.
Our champions are volunteers who have undergone special training, are all mental health first aiders, and include four veterans and two reservists. Their knowledge and training enables them to help, understand and support those who are, or have been, members of the armed forces and their families
How do our champions help?
Our champions have helped service and ex-service personnel and their families obtain help with matters ranging from housing, health and finances to friendship visits and mental health, liaising with organisations such as The Royal British Legion, the RAFA, SSAFA and the RNRMC.
An example of how we can help arose during an incident when one of our firefighters who is an ex paratrooper, discovered an older customer was also a former paratrooper. The firefighter was able to help, not only by liaising with organisations who could assist, but by taking the customer to a Remembrance Sunday parade with refreshments afterwards!
We are here to help and give advice during Safe and Well home visits, or during any emergency or non-emergency situation.