Retirement of one of finest fire officers
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