Fenland firefighter is rewarded for 30 years service

Mark Nicholas is presented with his 30-year certificate at Whittlesey Fire Station by Group Commande

Mark Nicholas is presented with his 30-year certificate at Whittlesey Fire Station by Group Commander Dave Richardson. - Credit: Archant

A Fenland firefighter has been recognised for completing 30 years of service in his local community.

Whittlesey resident Mark Nicholas, who is an on-call firefighter at his village station, was recognised for his commitment to Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service at a small presentation.

The 48-year-old window cleaner started his firefighting career in Suffolk, where he spent 15 months on the frontline before moving to Whittlesey.

He explained that it was the influence of his brother, who was also an on-call firefighter, who inspired him to join the profession.

Mark said: “The best thing about the job is never knowing when or where the next call is and what it could be. I really enjoy the camaraderie between the crew at the station and most importantly, I get a sense of pride from helping members of the community.

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“I fit my work as an on-call firefighter around my window cleaning, so I can pick and choose my area of work according to the cover required at the fire station.”

Mark also said the biggest changes he’s seen in the service has been the kit and equipment worn and used over the years, with cork helmets and plastic leggings being a far cry from the kit worn by firefighters on the frontline now.

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Group Commander Dave Richardson added: “Mark is a dependable and valued member of the on-call firefighter team at Whittlesey Fire Station.

“I have a great deal of respect for Mark and the dedication and professionalism he has shown to his station and CFRS. I look forward to Mark working as a firefighter for many years to come.”

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