Codsall Watch Manager, Dave Bloomer had a surprise waiting for him when he returned to Codsall Fire Station at lunch time today – a celebratory party all for him!
“Dave is an asset to the South Staffordshire Area Command team and his many years experience and welcoming character make him someone for others to turn to for help and advice."
Area Commander Keith Stubbs.
Today, 61-year-old Dave’s colleagues at Codsall Fire Station decided to organise a surprise party to celebrate his 40th year with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, where he has risen through the ranks joining Codsall Fire Station as a firefighter in 1971.
Dave was a successful applicant to firefighter training in August 1971 and following an intense month-long course he was then stationed at Codsall Fire Station from September 1st 1971.
Dave’s family, friends and past colleagues as well as current colleagues from across the Service were invited and a shocked Dave didn’t know what to think when he saw everyone.
Dave said” The party today was an absolute surprise; I had no idea that this had been planned at all! I feel really overwhelmed as I never expected anything. It has been brilliant to see so many people here especially some of my past colleagues that I spent many happy years with at Codsall Fire Station.
“It has been a privilege to spend the last 40 years working for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service but I do not intend to retire just yet! I was around for the opening of the existing fire station and Codsall and I would like to spend a few years in the new Codsall Community Fire Station. I just want to thank everyone that has made my time here so fantastic.”
Area Commander for South Staffordshire, Keith Stubbs said: “Dave is an asset to the South Staffordshire Area Command team and his many years experience and welcoming character make him someone for others to turn to for help and advice.
“Dave always acts professionally and is a mentor to the younger firefighters. He has a strong team around him and that is testament of his hard work and dedication. He often puts in more hours than are requested of him and never complains about anything.
“He has received a number of thank you letters from members of the public over the years and I’m sure he’ll be receiving many more in the future.”
Dave was presented with a card signed by colleagues and a firefighter memorabilia statue following a buffet lunch.