Not so shy but re­tir­ing fire­fighter leaves ser­vice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.bucks­

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