Authorities have heaped praise and encouragement on Hampshire’s military reserves after their efforts in helping with flood relief work in the county.
Reservists were among hundreds of army and navy personnel providing hands-on assistance in support of the response and recovery efforts to flooding in Hampshire, caused by the highest January rainfall since records began.
Now the county council has joined forces with the local government association to pledge support and encouragement to staff who want to sign up.
Reservists from 7th Battalion The Rifles and HMS King Alfred of the Royal Naval Reserve will be coming to HCC’s offices in Winchester to raise awareness of the opportunities and benefits of joining the reserve forces.
Representatives of the forces involved with the flood relief work will visit the council’s headquarters today for a reserve service presentation to staff, managers and senior members.
County council leader Roy Perry praised their contribution.
“The military played a significant role alongside local authorities, the Environment Agency and emergency services, and we could not have managed without them,” he said.
“Many of those on hand were reservists, and that’s why in Hampshire we have put in place a protocol to positively support staff who are reservists in their spare time.”