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No Fire Hazard for the Sheriff

The High Sheriff of Stafford, Richard Haszard, will fulfil a lifelong ambition today when he spends the day 'being a firefighter!'

"When I was a child and people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I said a fire fighter!"

The High Sheriff of Stafford, Richard Haszard

Mr Haszard is being put through his paces by staff and crew at Stafford Fire Station who have organised a series of fire fighting activities for their VIP guest.

The visit follows his brief tour of the station earlier this year in which Mr Haszard got the opportunity to scale the aerial ladder platform and extricate his wife from a motor car!

"The last time I was at Stafford Fire Station I had great fun," said Mr Haszard.

"When I was a child and people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I said a firefighter!
 
"If there is a call out, I will be accompanying the crews as an observer. The idea of not knowing what’s going to happen is very exciting. I feel very privileged to get the opportunity to see at first hand what the fire service do and to be a part of it.

"It will be a great learning experience for me; I am very impressed with what I have seen of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service so far."

Stafford Watch Manager, Gary Fox said the Sheriff is sure to have a day to remember.

"There are various activities planned for Mr Haszard to get involved with, including a fire safety inspection at premises in Eccleshall and a presentation to an over 55s group.

"And you never know, in the midst of that he could get called out to the odd fire call!"

In addition to this, Mr Haszard will support crews when they host a group of 60 young school children who are visiting the station as part of their science week studies.