Last call for firefighter Geoffrey

Mildenhall Fire Station celebrated Geoffrey Grant who has been a retained fireman for 37.5 years. Believed to be longest serving retained officer in Suffolk.

Mildenhall Fire Station celebrated Geoffrey Grant who has been a retained fireman for 37.5 years. Believed to be longest serving retained officer in Suffolk.

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A LONG-SERVING firefighter has put his life on the line for the final time after more than 37 years of service.

Retained firefighter Geoffrey Grant has answered his last call for Mildenhall Fire Station after taking his first in 1974.

Geoffrey, 55, took up the role after failing the entrance exam for the full-time service. He said it was the best thing that could have happened.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time and had a lot of memorable moments.

“If you want to see a variety of jobs you could do a lot worse than Mildenhall because it’s so busy,” he said.

He will focus on his family and business – a garden nursery based in Barrow – but said he would miss the social side of the fire service.

“The blokes there are brilliant and there’s a very active social side. It’s a close-knit station and I’ll still keep in touch with them,” he said.

Gary Peachey, crew commander, said the station would miss Geoffrey’s experience.

“He’s been a dedicated and committed member of the crew here and we’re very sorry that he’s leaving us, but after 37 years he deserves to hang up his boots,” he said.