Horncastle firefighting trio hang up hoses

Loyal service: Ian Burton, Chief Fire Officer Dave Ramscar, Simon Rawdon and Keith Holland

Loyal service: Ian Burton, Chief Fire Officer Dave Ramscar, Simon Rawdon and Keith Holland

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It must be something they put in the water at Horncastle Fire Station because crew members just seem to go on and on and on and......

Three firefighters recently retired after clocking up 83 years’ service between them.

That’s nothing compared to Watch Manager Alan Maskell.

He’s been a firefighter for 39 years.

And his boss completed 44 years before retiring after joining the service as a bicycle-riding messenger boy during the Second World War.

Alan admitted: “It’s like we are one big happy family.

“It‘s difficult to explain why people stay here for so long but there is a great team spirit and we all get on.”

The three firefighters who recently hung up their hoses for the last time are Keith Holland, Ian Burton and Simon Rawdon.

Keith completed 24 years, Ian 27 and Simon 32.

Alan added: “We do miss having them around, especially when we’ve spent so much time together.

“I wouldn’t like to think how many call-outs we’ve attended over the years.

“However, we’ve got replacements in and they are great lads who are doing a top class job.

“We’re lucky like that at Horncastle.”

The station currently has a full complement of 12 retained firefighters.

Alan said: “We’re as busy as ever and obviously every day is different.

“We turn out to all kinds of things these days - road traffic collision and medical emergencies, but that’s the way the service is now. It’s not just about putting out fires.”

Alan can recall dealing with some of the biggest blazes in the area including CK Addisons and Harrington Hall.

And even though he’s heading for his 40th anniversary, he has no plans to retire adding: “Why would I? It’s a job I love doing.”