Scottish Ambulance Service celebrates highest recognition for employer support to the Armed Forces

 Friday 21 October 2016

The Scottish Ambulance Service is celebrating being awarded a gold award in the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), which recognises and thanks employers who support the Armed Forces community and their families.
At a recent awards ceremony which saw Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, presented twenty-two companies with the Ministry of Defence’s highest recognition for employer support to the Armed Forces; the Service was one of only two recipients in Scotland to be awarded this honour.

Daren Mochrie, Director of Service Delivery at the Scottish Ambulance Service said,

“The Scottish Ambulance Service has an outstanding relationship with the Armed Forces in Scotland and a long history of employing reservists, as well as veterans.  Many of our staff have been and continue to be deployed on operations with the Forces, with the whole hearted support from the organisation.

“The Service is also a firm supporter of the MOD sponsored Cadet forces, having a Commandant and Honorary Colonel amongst the workforce, as well as many other Cadet Force Adult Volunteers who give up their spare time to give young people fun, friendship, action and adventure”.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Service, Pauline Howie, has taken over the significant role of Chair of the MOD Reserves and NHS Reference Group which provides a forum for the Reserve Forces to interact with all of the Health Boards in Scotland.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
“Employers across the country are ensuring our military get a fair deal including by helping veterans to have successful careers after leaving service. These companies are rightly being recognised for the support they offer under the Armed Forces Covenant and encouraging other firms to go the extra mile”.