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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Eric's 35 years a fireman

A WELL-KNOWN Egremont firefighter has retired from his role after 35 years.

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stand down: Eric Spedding, the station manager at Egremont's retained Fire Station, is retiring after 35 years of service

Eric Spedding said his time in the service was “very rewarding and it will be missed greatly”.

The 59-year-old started his fire fighting career on April 1, 1979, and finished last Thursday.

Working as a diesel fitter for Copeland Council and living near the station, it presented the perfect opportunity to become a retained firefighter.

He said: “I remember my first ever call out to a chimney fire on Smithfield Road in Egremont.

“There’s been so many call outs over the years but the one that sticks in my memory is a house fire on Egremont Main Street. I was in charge when we got there and by the time we’d finished the whole street was closed off with seven fire engines being used.”

Eric now works at Sellafield as well as his firefighting duties but says he will miss everything about the service.

Despite missing the work however Eric admits he’s looking forward to some extra free time.

He said: “You can’t fully relax when you’re at home because you’re on call. Even now I still check for my alerter in my pocket!

“I’m really looking forward to spending time with my grand children and attending to my allotment.”

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