Loyal fireman will be missed

The fire service are wishing one of their key members luck in his retirement.

A FAITHFUL fireman with a 30-year career behind him is finally saying goodbye to the fire service.

Rhys Evans, pictured left, Group Manager of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, is looking forward to dedicating more time to making music with his local folk group, The Oggle Band.

Rhys, who grew up in North Devon and lives in Barnstaple, first joined the fire brigade because he felt motivated to do something for the community.

He said: “Without exception, people who work in and alongside the emergency services all have the interests of the community at heart, and it’s good to have seen such an increase in collaborative working over the past few years.”

“I have met and worked alongside some wonderful people and I am still constantly amazed by the dedication of the retained fire-fighters, who hold down other jobs, but are prepared to drop everything to turn out for an emergency.”

Bideford’s serving fire fighters said they and the whole region would miss Rhy’s relaxed manner, both on the incident ground and around the stations, and wished him the best of luck.

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