Silsden firefighter looks back on long career

Firefighter Martin Shaw, from Silsden, who is retiring from his full-time post with the service after 25 years in the job

Firefighter Martin Shaw, from Silsden, who is retiring from his full-time post with the service after 25 years in the job

First published in News

A firefighter who has “enjoyed just about every minute” of his job is retiring from his full-time role after 25 years.

Martin Shaw, of Silsden, is calling time on a career that has seen him serve at Bingley and Illingworth fire stations.

“It has been great,” said the 50-year-old. “It has been a good job and a good career. I have enjoyed just about every minute of it.

“It has been very rewarding – I will miss it.”

On his retirement, he said: “I am looking forward to it – it has been a long time coming.”

Alan Wood, watch manager at Bingley station, who started on the same training course as Mr Shaw in 1988, said: “He has been an absolutely brilliant member of the shift. We are really sorry to see him go. It is a big loss for us and our station.”

Mr Shaw, who is married to Johanna and has three sons, will continue as a retained firefighter at Silsden fire station.

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