New era of help­ing in re­tire­ment

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

TOWNSVILLE fire­fighter Alun Wil­liams will hang up his hose to­mor­row night af­ter 49 years of res­cu­ing peo­ple from in­fer­nos and car crashes.

Be­com­ing a fire­fighter at 16 in the United King­dom, the Townsville sta­tion of­fi­cer stuck with the pro­fes­sion ever since, hav­ing served in sev­eral states af­ter mov­ing to Aus­tralia when he was 20.

And while Mr Wil­liams will have to re­tire from op­er­a­tional duty af­ter reach­ing 65, he does not plan to stop help­ing peo­ple any time soon.

He has al­ready signed up for the ru­ral fire brigade, where he plans to help the com­mu­nity on a vol­un­teer ba­sis for years to come.

The ex­pe­ri­enced fire­fighter has been at the fore­front of some of Townsville’s most defin­ing and tragic events, in­clud­ing the rag­ing fire that tore through the old Townsville Supreme Court build­ing in the early 1990s.

‘‘ I was in charge of that one and it was just huge,’’ he said.

But hav­ing been called out to more car crashes than he would care to re­mem­ber, Mr Wil­liams said the most con­fronting sit­u­a­tion he ever faced was cut­ting Re­becca and Jessica Lance, who

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