Fire chief in Stevenage retires after 31 years

THE chief of a centre which trains firefighters has retired after 31 years to the day with Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. During his career, Dave Harding spent periods stationed in a number of towns including Hitchin before finally going to the Lo

THE chief of a centre which trains firefighters has retired after 31 years to the day with Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

During his career, Dave Harding spent periods stationed in a number of towns including Hitchin before finally going to the Longfield Training Centre in Hitchin Road, Stevenage.

There, he was an instructor for eight years before being appointed station commander four years ago.

Reflecting on his imminent retirement, Mr Harding said: "The main thing I will miss is the comradeship. I've trained to do a job and I'll miss being able to put the training into practice, and not knowing what to expect each day.

"I think I enjoyed my time as a breathing apparatus Instructor the most, because you get to do some really hands-on training.

"Joining the fire service gave me a chance to do so many different things within one organisation, and at the end of the day I hope I have made a difference."

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He added: "The first thing I'm doing is spending a month windsurfing in Lanzarote."

County chief fire officer Roy Wilsher said: "I'd like to thank Dave for the 31 years of service he has given to the people of Hertfordshire and the fire service. He has been an asset to the organisation and he will be missed by all his colleagues.

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