Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service station commander Harry calls it a day after 24 years
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A retiring station commander from Benwick who joined Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service to help people hopes to forge a new career outside the service doing the same.
Harry Edge always dreamt of joining the Fire Service after growing up with his dad as a firefighter in the Cheshire Fire Service.
However, when he left school he decided to join the RAF’s fire service first to gain experience and travel.
Having been stationed in around 11 countries round the world, including the Falkland Islands, Germany, Holland and Sardinia, Harry then joined CFRS as a firefighter just over 23 years ago, aged 26.
He spent five or six years based at Huntingdon Fire Station before moving to Cambridge Fire Station where he worked as a temporary sub officer - the equivalent of today’s watch commander role.
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Harry also worked at the Training Centre in Huntingdon, training firefighters to deal with hazardous materials, road traffic collisions and using breathing apparatus as well as at Wisbech Fire Station as an operations manager and station commander.
He then took an on-call support office role at Huntingdon Fire Station before finally moving to Stanground Fire Station, where he spent his last year in the service as a station commander before his retirement.
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Colleagues gathered at his station to give the 50-year-old his send off and watch him receive his retirement figurine from area commander, Maurice Moore.
Harry said: “I will always remember the friendliness and camaraderie of the Service. I have had lots and lots of good times.
“It was always a dream of mine to join a civilian fire service. Helping people was just something I wanted to do.
“Now I’m retired I just want to chill out for a little while and catch up with all my family in Liverpool and then I want to go back to working with people and helping people but nothing too stressful. Possibly some charity work, caring for people.”