ONE of Staffordshire’s longest serving retained firefighters has retired after 38 years of keeping the community safe.
Dave Davies was joined by colleagues, friends and family at Biddulph Town Hall, where he was presented with a certificate congratulating him on his retirement.
The former coal miner joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) as a part-time firefighter at the Biddulph station in 1979, when he was just 18.
When the local pits closed David took up a role as a technician with the fire service, travelling around the Staffordshire Moorlands fitting smoke alarms in people’s homes.
In 2006, Dave successfully applied to become a wholetime firefighter, working first at Burton and then Burslem, before transferring to Hanley where he is a crew manager.
Dave, aged 56, said:” I have dedicated my life to the Service, committing 120 hours a week on call around my other full time jobs. This meant my family also gave up a lot of their lives and they have been very supportive. I intend to make up for this now and will be spending a lot of time with my grandchildren.
“There have been so many memorable moments over the years – far too many to recall but one of the saddest has to be the Boseley Wood Treatment fire where we assisted colleagues from Cheshire.
“Those who lost their lives in that fire were from Biddulph, so the incident really hit home and was really difficult to deal with.”
Station manager Carl Mason added: “It takes a very dedicated person to devote their spare time to helping to protect the public when they are also working in other roles as Dave has. I would like to thank him on of behalf of the Service for the important part he has played in helping to keep the residents of Biddulph safe for the past 38 years.”