Soldiers and civilians to build on flood experience

March 24, 2016
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Army personnel and those from other organisations which worked on December’s flood response in Cumbria have met up again in Carlisle.

The evening reception saw around 100 people from the military, the emergency services and local authorities in attendance.

Soldiers and civilians at the Carlisle Castle event hope to strengthen the strong bonds formed during their four weeks together supporting communities affected by Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank.

The event’s organiser was Lt Col Rosie Stone, head of engagement at 42nd Infantry Brigade and HQ North West. She said: “We wanted to nurture the relationships which emerged from the floods in December, and so used the event at Carlisle Castle to talk about how we can work together more closely; not just in times of hardship, but every day in the communities we all serve.”

For that reason the evening also had another function: from spring the Army Reserve intends to improve the range of roles it can offer potential recruits who live in the north of Cumbria, and Thursday’s event was an opportunity to talk about the plans.

Till now, those in and around Carlisle who wished to join the Army Reserve were restricted to roles in an Infantry unit or a field hospital – both based at Carlisle Army Reserve Centre. That is expected to change within months when artillery, engineering, logistics and military intelligence roles will be among those to be offered at the same location.

The event also saw the signing of two Armed Forces Covenants; one by the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, and another by Sellafield Ltd.