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Newcastle’s Oldest Firefighter!

The launch of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s older person’s campaign today was also marked by the retirement Newcastle Fire Safety Officer, Harry Roberts.

"Harry has provided a valuable service to the community over the last 10 years in ensuring that fire regulations are being complied with in commercial and public buildings."

Assistant Area Commander, Mick Daniels

Harry, who is 65 years old today, has retired from his main role as a Fire Safety Officer at Newcastle Fire Station. The role has seen him enforcing fire safety legislation in all public and commercial buildings over the last 10 years. However he will continue in his role on a temporary basis as a retained firefighter at Ashley Fire Station. Harry has completed 22 years working for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Harry received gifts and presents from work colleagues to mark his birthday and retirement at Newcastle. Harry said: "The gifts I’ve received from my colleagues are unbelievable, it was such a surprise, I am very happy with my lawn mower!

"I’ve enjoyed every moment of my role at Newcastle Fire Station, I’ve learnt a lot and I’m grateful to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for giving me that opportunity and also for giving me this new opportunity to remain as a firefighter at Ashley Fire Station."

Assistant Area Commander Mick Daniels said: "Harry has provided a valuable service to the community over the last 10 years in ensuring that fire regulations are being complied with in commercial and public buildings.

"We are sorry to see him leave, but wish him the best for the future and he will continue to provide valuable front line service within the local community on a temporary basis at Ashley Fire Station."