One of the longest serving retained firefighters in Staffordshire has retired after 47 years of keeping the community safe.
"It takes a very dedicated person to devote their spare time to helping to protect their community when they are also working in other roles as Dave has"
Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant
Dave Edge, from Cheadle, joined the Service in January 1970 when he secured a retained position at Cheadle. He also enjoyed working as a coal miner and a bus driver alongside his retained duties.
Dave recently met with Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant who thanked him for his hard work and presented him with retirement gifts.
Crew Manager Dave, aged 67, said he had seen many changes during his time as a retained firefighter but helping the community has remained at the heart of the Service.
He said: "The Service has really transformed since I joined 47 years ago. When I started the equipment was much more basic than the hi-tech kit used today - advancements in technology have made it much easier to rescue people, meaning they can access potentially life-saving medical help far more quickly.
“I’ve attended thousands of incidents over the years and each incident has been different, you have to adapt and use your initiative to solve problems.
“It has been an honour to spend so long working for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and I’m really looking forward to continuing my service as a volunteer, helping in anyway I can. I’ve got so many positive memories from over the years and I would encourage anyone who is thinking of joining as a retained firefighter to go for it."
Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant added: "I’d like to commend Dave on the commitment that he has shown for over four decades. It takes a very dedicated person to devote their spare time to helping to protect their community when they are also working in other roles as Dave has. Over the years Dave has shown a real passion for fire prevention, contributing hugely to promoting fire safety messages in his community. I would like to thank him on of behalf of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for the important part he has played in helping to keep the residents of Cheadle safe for the past 47 years."
The Service is currently recruiting retained firefighters for the Cheadle area, for more information contact Kevin McLintock 01785 898927/07794213478 or visit the careers section.