East Staffordshire’s most senior fire officer Mick Archer is retiring next Wednesday October 3 after 30 years’ service – almost to the day!
"We will certainly miss Mick, but he thoroughly deserves a long and happy retirement."
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford
51-year-old Mick from Rugeley began his career on October 4 1982 as a trainee firefighter and since then has risen through the ranks to his current position of Lead Officer for the Eastern Service Delivery Group which covers Burton, Tamworth and Lichfield.
Mick has been based around the county throughout his career, initially being stationed at Hanley, followed by Burton, Stafford, Lichfield, HQ, Rugeley, Cannock and then back to Burton before taking on his current role, based in Tamworth .
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford said: "Mick has had an exemplary career, in which he has made a significant contribution to improving the lives and well-being of communities across Staffordshire.
"He could always be relied upon to act in a truly professional manner and has been responsible for introducing some innovative and creative ways of working that have had a really positive impact.
"He has developed some very effective partnerships with a range of authorities and agencies and ensured that our resources have been utilised to good effect. We will certainly miss Mick, but he thoroughly deserves a long and happy retirement."