Not so shy but retiring firefighter leaves service
A FIREFIGHTER is hanging up his hose after 12 ‘wonderful’ years serving the community.
Colin Marks, 61, from Amersham, was a retained firefighter at Amersham Fire Station for 12 years before retiring from the post on January 24.
Mr Marks, who won the Pride of Bucks 999 Emergency Services award in 2014 for services to the community and charity, would go out on call outs at a moment’s notice throughout the night then still manages to get up to run and work at his day-job building business.
He recalls many occasions where he has had to leave his ‘understanding and supportive’ wife Sue on her own as they were sitting down for dinner, either at home or in restaurants, to go out on a call.
The grandfather-of-two, who was on call 120 hours a week, was planning to retire after 10 years service, but decided to stay for an extra two years.
He said: “I feel good that I’ve retired, I won’t miss the call outs in the middle of the night! I’ve been proud to serve the community for this length of time, I feel that I’ve given a bit back to the community.
“I really enjoyed my time as a retained firefighter. The thing I will miss the most is the camaraderie.”
Mr Marks said one of the highlights of his career was winning the Pride of Bucks award. He said: “I was very proud to win the Pride of Bucks award for my community service and charity work.”
He was presented with a commemorative axe by Bucks Fire and Rescue Service to thank him for his service.
Amersham Fire Station is currently looking to recruit more retained firefighters, with various options for the amount of time on call.
For more information call 01296 744 400 or visit www.bucksfire.gov.uk.