Sheffield staff sample life in the military

Adam Longden, left,  from South Yorkshire Fire &Rescue, on a military exercise.

Adam Longden, left, from South Yorkshire Fire &Rescue, on a military exercise.

Staff from Sheffield organisations swapped their suits for combat fatigues and their offices for wild moorland in an exercise run by the military.

Employees at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Sheffield Council and Vasanta Group were among those put through their paces in a two-day exercise designed to give them a taste of life as a reservist.

They worked on a variety of challenges, including launching a search and rescue mission for a downed pilot and evacuating casualties from a vehicle hit by a bomb.

The exercise was run by employees who also serve as reservists in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or RAF in units across Yorkshire.

It was designed to provide an opportunity for businessmen and women to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills, as well as giving them an insight into the skills that reservists develop during their training exercises.

Station manger Adam Longden, aged 42, of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, said: “The whole exercise was enormous fun, although incredibly tiring. The environment and challenges you’re thrown into are extraordinary, and you learn so much – about yourself as much as the leadership and teamwork skills.”

Chris Harrison, 29, a senior pricing executive from Vasanta Group, said: “I loved every minute. Not only because of the sheer fun we had, but also the self-confidence it gives you and your capabilities, especially your capacity for leadership, communication and teamwork.

“Even more importantly perhaps, it highlights the type of training that’s available through the reserve forces and the value those skills provide to employers.”

Colonel Snagge, chief executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, said: “The exercise was a great success and enjoyed by all, but there’s also a serious side to the whole event about the benefits a reservist can bring to employers.

“The training they receive is the same as the regular forces, and besides this preparing them for mobilisation to places like Afghanistan, it also provides them valuable skills in business – motivation, self-discipline, confidence, communication, teamwork and leadership.”




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