Firefighter Steve retires after 40 years

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A firefighter is to retire next week after more than 40 years of service.

Watch manager Steve Palmer retires from South Shore fire station at the end of this month

After passing his recruits course Steve was posted to Blackpool’s old fire station on Albert Road in 1974 aged just 18.

Nine years later he was promoted to Leading Fireman and moved on to Fleetwood. In 1984 he transferred to the service’s training centre in Chorley were he trained recruit fire fighters.

Following a three year secondment he secured promotion transferring to Bispham where he took up the role of watch manager. In 1991 Steve finally moved to South Shore where he continues to serve.

During Steve’s long career he has experienced highs and lows.

He said: “The biggest low was in 1990 when I attended an incident on Talbot Road, Blackpool, where a firefighter lost his life and his colleague sustained serious burns.

In contrast, his best moment was when we rescued two young children on Dickson Road, Blackpool, in what were very difficult circumstances.

Steve’s Station manager Mick Duffell said: “Steve has achieved what we all aspire to in the fire service, which is to have gained the respect of his peers. Steve’s efforts have saved lives, inspired colleagues and protected the wider community of Blackpool. He is hugely respected in the service and will be missed by everyone who knows him’.