Re­tire­ment of one of finest fire of­fi­cers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? - by Natalie Eb­den

A FIRE of­fi­cer de­scribed as one of the finest in Kent has re­tired af­ter 31 years.

Fam­ily, friends and col­leagues joined Brian Bam­ford, who was born in Cheri­ton and at­tended Har­vey Gram­mar School, Folkestone, to mark the end of his ca­reer in the fire ser­vice.

Mr Bam­ford’s last post was as di­vi­sional of­fi­cer at Can­ter­bury and he has worked at sta­tions across east Kent.

He was also lead of­fi­cer for Kent’s Mar­itime In­ci­dent Re­sponse Unit, re­spon­si­ble for fire­fight­ers tack­ling in­ci­dents at sea.

Brian joined the fire ser­vice be­cause he wanted to work in a pro­fes­sion that was val­ued by the pub­lic.

“I al­ways wanted to do a job that meant some­thing,” he said.

“Be­ing able to help peo­ple of all ages and from all walks of life when they are at their low­est ebb has been re­ally worth­while.”

At his re­tire­ment party, Brian re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate of loyal ser­vice from chief fire of­fi­cer Charles Hendry.

Mr Hendry said: “Brian was one of the finest of­fi­cers in Kent who was al­ways true to him­self.”

He added that he had ar­ranged for Brian and his wife Sheila to be Kent Fire and Res­cue’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the Queen’s gar­den party this sum­mer.

Brian was also de­scribed as “one of the best” by Sand­wich fire­fighter John Cald­well, who pre­sented him with a com­mem­o­ra­tive axe in a case.

In re­tire­ment Brian, who has two daugh­ters, Sarah and An­gela and two sons, Daniel and Joe, will con­tinue his in­ter­est in his­tory by work­ing for English Her­itage at Dover Cas­tle.

Brian and his wife Sheila will also be able to spend more time with the Napoleonic First Foot Guards Liv­ing His­tory and Reen­act­ment Unit.

Di­vi­sional fire of­fi­cer Brian Bam­ford re­tires af­ter 31 years of ser­vice

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