When Red Watch held the fort at Uckfield Fire Station on Thursday, March 26, they suddenly realised that they were now the ‘old guard’.
The youngster of the crew was covering firefighter shortages in Battle and that left Steve Burgoyne, Kevin Clift, Ian Ritchie and Charlie Dunford, who have a combined age of 206, on duty in Uckfield.
Ian, who writes regular updates about the fire service for Uckfield News, said: “While maybe not quite so agile as the day they joined they could always rely on their 113 years of service to see them safely through any emergency situation.
“Having ‘bulked’ up a little over the years the only concern was the need for a ‘small window crew’. Boy for the day was Kevin Clift at the tender age of 48 and with a mere 25 years of service.”
Their experience was put to the test when they were the first crew in attendance at a serious accident at Buckham Hill, near Uckfield, where they helped cut free a driver trapped in his car after hitting a tree. See Uckfield firefighters free driver from crashed car.
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