FAREWELL FROM MOIRA

Finally, after 76 years, Moira On-Call (retained) Fire and Rescue Station has closed.
I myself joined in 1998, when the basic training was two weeks of purgatory at Central Fire and Rescue Station. I have to say now that some of the principles picked up in those two weeks still come to the surface and will probably remain with me always. The trainers on the course were Watson and Nagra – both names still strike a chord!
The job has played a huge part in my life (and that of my family) and I hope that my part in it has played a positive part in other’s lives. As a firefighter you see some sights; the highs and lows of human life. Some things make you extremely sad and others lift your heart, but all these experiences fashion your outlook on life. I’ve never been one to dwell on some of the darker events but I will always remember the smiles and laughter.
It has to be said, the main thing I will take with me is the friends I have made, both at my own station and in the Service as a whole. A lot of people have left a lasting impression on me and they will always be in my thoughts. To be an On-Call (retained) Firefighter is a huge commitment and this shows in the people I have shared my time with. I remember sometimes crying with laughter in the back of the pump but conversely I have seen shock, sadness and horror etched in the faces of my colleagues after some particularly nasty incident. All these experiences make you a stronger person and I think that there can’t be many other jobs that give you these moments.
My thanks to all that have crossed my path and influenced me – there are too many to mention, but you will all be remembered!
Crew Manager  (at time of writing) Chris Sloan 2217

Moira

 

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2 thoughts on “FAREWELL FROM MOIRA

  1. Gutted for the Moira crew and the town. Retained duty stations are a huge asset to the UK Fire Service and a cost effective way of providing effective cover to the people. I guess times change though.

    Best wishes to all crew and thanks for the service.

  2. After being a fireman and fire officer at Ashby Fire Station for 25years 1973 to 1998, may I take this opportunity to thank all the personnel of Moira Fire Station, past and present,for the memories that we have shared both at 100s of incidents together and numerous social occasions.Special memories with Joe Noon, Grenville Hynard,Gerald Hogg and many many more. A sad loss to the community of Moira, Measham, Ashby and surrounding areas. Roy Prince.

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