Fire hero hangs up hose af­ter 30 years

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

A long- serv­ing fire­fighter, who has worked at a num­ber of Peter­bor­ough sta­tions, is fi­nally stand­ing down af­ter a ca­reer span­ning 30 years.

Nigel Burgess ( 60) be­gan his ca­reer at Cam­bridgeshire Fire Ser­vice in 1982 as a mem­ber of red watch in Cam­bridge, be­fore mov­ing to blue watch in Stan­ground and then be­com­ingLead­Fire­fight­er­atHunt­ing­don.

He re­turned to Cam­bridge as Sub- Of­fi­cerandthenS­ta­tion Of­fi­cer for Fire Safety, be­fore a spel­lasanin­struc­toratTheFire Ser­vice Col­lege, in More­ton- in­Marsh, Glouces­ter­shire.

He later be­came As­sis­tant Di­vi­sion Of­fi­cer for Fire Safety at Peter­bor­ough. He then be­came Sta­tion Com­man­der at Wis­bech be­fore fi­nally tak­ing up the post in Huntingdon.

The fa­ther- of- three said: “Over the past 30 years I’ve had an ab­so­lute ball.

“We start as a group, work to­gether as a team, and end up as fam­ily here at the fire ser­vice. It’s a fam­ily for me and we work­to­gether to dothe best for the peo­ple.

“My boss has al­ways been the lit­tle old lady across the road. That is the per­son who I am here for, day in, day out, to help and serve.”

When re­call­ing his many years in the Ser­vice, Nigel said there was no sin­gle in­ci­dent that stood out, as ev­ery shout was as im­por­tant to him as the next. He added: “I al­ways re­mem­berthe­la­s­toneIat­tended. Nearly ev­ery call is a tragedy for those in­volved so they all stay in your­mind. You­just have­to­take it as it comes.”

Andy Wat­son, area man­ager at CFRS, said: “Nigel al­ways main­tained a pro­fes­sional ap­proach­to­his­workand­was­ded­i­cated to serv­ing the peo­ple of Cam­bridgeshire.

“He­wasagen­uine­lyn­iceguy to work with and will be sorely missed among his col­leagues.”

Mr Burgess said is now go­ing to take a “gap year”, and will spend time car­a­van­ning and walkinginthe­coun­tryside­with his part­ner Jan.

Jon Neish, Group Com­man­der, pre­sent­ing Nigel Burgess with his re­tire­ment fig­urine, sur­rounded by staff at Huntingdon Fire Sta­tion

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