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Alan Waves Farewell to Fire Service

Alan Smith at the Arboretum
Alan Smith retires after 45 years of Service

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service's longest service member of staff retires this week after 45 years service.

"Alan has been an absolute credit to the Service, recognised last year when he won our Fire Service Professional of the Year award. We wish him all the best for the future and we hope he enjoys his well earned retirement."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford

65 year old, Alan Smith began his career in 1964 and spent 30 years as a firefighter based at both Hanley and Longton fire stations and as a trainer. In 1994 he gave up his operational duties and began working as part of the support team at Service headquarters where he has remained since. He will work his last day, in his role as Business and Logistics Co-ordinator on Thursday 28th January.

Alan is also renown for his voluntary work as co-ordinator for the Service’s Ceremonial Squad, which represents the Service at remembrance parades, medal presentations, funerals, weddings and prestigious events. His role in the ceremonial squad saw him win a staff award for "Fire Service Professional of the Year" in 2009 and also saw him shortlisted for a Sentinel "Our Heroes" award in 2008. Alan plans to continue his voluntary work for the Ceremonial Squad after his retirement.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford said: "Alan has been an absolute credit to the Service, recognised last year when he won our Fire Service Professional of the Year award. We wish him all the best for the future and we hope he enjoys his well earned retirement."

Alan’s Manager, Head of Emergency Response, Bob Dagless added: "Alan has made some true friends in the Service and he will be very sorely missed. His plans to continue his voluntary work in the Ceremonial Squad, is typical of Alan’s loyalty and dedication to the Service."

During his retirement Alan plans to spend quality time with his family and spend more time carrying out his favourite pastime of walking.