Armed Forces Day 2024

28 June 2024

Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday 29 June 2024 and is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving personnel to service families, veterans and cadets.

It also marks the culmination of a week of celebrations, beginning on Monday 24 June, when the public show their support and appreciation for the Armed Forces community. It also includes Reserves Day (26 June), which provides the country with an opportunity to recognise our Reserve Forces.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) is a proud recipient of the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award which recognises our contribution to supporting the military community.

The Trust also has an Armed Forces Network which offers support and comradeship for staff and volunteers of the armed forces community at YAS, many of whom are sharing their military to ambulance service journey to mark Armed Forces Day.

Richard - Royal Signals

14 years’ regular service

Deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and the Falklands. Job roles included Troop Sergeant and Communications Systems Operator.

Richard has worked for YAS for almost five years as a Technology Enhanced Learning Developer.

Zoe - King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery

4 years’ regular service

Participated in Royal Salutes, Queen’s Birthday Parade and went to France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at the Thiepval.

Zoe joined YAS four years ago and is now a Recruitment Services Assistant.

John - Royal Engineers

40 years’ regular and reserve service.

Deployed around the world, from Norway in the north to the Falkland Islands in the south. Job roles range from Bob Disposal Expert and Medic.

John has worked for the ambulance service for 25 years in various roles including his current position as Head of Safety and Infection Prevention and Control Lead.

Derek - The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

33 years' regular service

Deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Belize. Worked in Iraq, Afghanistan and Belize. Worked through ranks and commissioned after 22 years. Retired 11 years later as a Major.

Derek joined YAS almost two years ago and works as an Associate Ambulance Practitioner on frontline ambulances.

Chris - Royal Army Medical Corps

10 years' regular service

Deployed to Iraq and Yugoslavia. Previous job roles include Combat Medical Technician and Physical Training Instructor.

Chris has worked for Yorkshire Ambulance Service for more than 23 years in various roles ranging from Paramedic to Resilience Manager.

Chris - Royal Army Medical Corps

10 years' regular service

Deployed to Afghanistan. Previous job roles included Combat Medical Technician and later trained as a Paramedic.

Chris has worked for YAS for more than four years as a Paramedic.


Paul - Royal Navy

32 years' regular service

Deployed to Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Northern Ireland and the Falklands. Reached the Rate of Warrant Officer 1st Class.

Paul has worked for YAS for five years in various jobs ranging from Ambulance Vehicle Preparation Trainer to his current role of Ambulance Vehicle Preparation Deputy Manager.

Produced by: Corporate Communications Department