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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Business awarded for contribution to local community

26/05/2017

Left to right: Paul Brimacombe; Agility General Manager; Chris Murray Agility Vice President Defense and Government Services Europe; Chris Meyrick, retained firefighter at Ipstones Community Fire Station; Brian Moss, NSDG Manager and Leanne Turner, SFRS H
L-R: Paul Brimacombe, Agility General Manager; Chris Murray, Agility Vice President Defense and Government Services Europe; Chris Meyrick, retained firefighter at Ipstones Community Fire Station; Brian Moss, NSDG Manager and Leanne Turner, SFRS HR Admin

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have presented a Staffordshire Moorlands business with a Co-operative Employers Award.

"This award stands as a thank you to the company for working in partnership with us, contributing to the overall welfare of their local community and Staffordshire."

Brian Moss, Northern Service Delivery Group (NSDG) Manager

The business allows an employee who is a retained firefighter to be released from his day-to-day work for vital training and to respond to emergency incidents.

Agility in Frogall employs Chris Meyrick, a retained firefighter at Ipstones.
 
Brian Moss, Northern Service Delivery Group (NSDG) Manager, said: “The Co-operative Employers Award initiative recognises the contribution made by employers who make sacrifices to allow their staff to be firefighters.

“Retained firefighters must complete regular training inputs to remain skilled and experienced in operational techniques so they can respond to emergency calls. Agility allows Chris to have time off for both elements of the role – enabling him to carry out valuable work in the community.

“Willing employers like Agility are essential to the provision of retained firefighters. Without employers like them we wouldn’t always have sufficient day cover and this award stands as a thank you to the company for working in partnership with us, contributing to the overall welfare of their local community and Staffordshire.”

Chris Murray, Vice President for Agility Defense and Government Services, said: “Agility are proud that Chris Merrick has volunteered for service as a retained firefighter.  As a company formed to support UK Defence we recognise the value of being a part of the local community and we always want to give something back.  Not only will Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service get another dedicated firefighter but Agility will get an employee who will return with better skills and some exceptional training.”