Firefighter Rodney Hill has attended his last fire drill at Crewkerne Fire Station after nearly 30 years of service to Crewkerne and the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. Colleagues at the fire station on the Blacknell Trading Estate in Crewkerne gathered to wish him well in his retirement. Station Manager Paul Cregan presented Rodney with a ceremonial axe, service shield and certificate of service. In thanking Rodney personally for his long-term dedication to the fire service, Paul said: “You will certainly leave a footprint here with us all. We thank you for nearly 30 years of service and wish you well in your retirement.”
Rodney Hill is looking forward to spending more time with his family. Rodney’s daughter Megan served alongside her father as a firefighter in the Somerset division for seven years, after she qualified in 2009. When asked why he became a firefighter, Rodney said: “I think every young lad wanted to be a fireman and it very much appealed to me, as a way of giving something back to the community. My advice to youngsters thinking of joining the fire service is give it a go. I feel very honoured and am going to miss it. I work as a plumber in the daytime but will have more free time now to walk the dog and spend more time with my wife and family.”
Devon & Somerset Fire And Rescue Service are currently recruiting for on call firefighters. For more information visit www.dsfire.gov.uk/working//recruitment/details.cfm
Anyone interested in joining the fire service who lives in Crewkerne can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details of the recruitment process.