Plastics firm blaze halts long service awards

Colne firefighters with the 30 year service awards (S)

Colne firefighters with the 30 year service awards (S)

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A special celebration to honour long-serving firemen was interrupted – by a fire!

Watch Manager Richard Taylor and Firefighters Alan Daniels and Pete McMullen have clocked up over 90 years service between them as retained community firefighters there.

But their celebrations were affected by the fact that they had to go out to a big fire on the Nelson/Colne boundary that evening!

Area Manager Simon Fryer presented firefighter charity cuff links and a letter of appreciation to the three at their weekly parade.

During their service, they have turned out to 10,000-plus incidents, rescued countless people, saved many lives and assisted the community of Pendle when they needed it the most.

Pennine’s Community Protection Manager, Mark Hutton, said: “It was a massive pleasure to see Richard, Alan and Peter receive recognition for what amounts to over 90 years dedicated service to both Colne and the wider Lancashire community.

“As if to mark the significance of the occasion, at the very moment the presentation pictures were being taken both Colne appliances were called to deal with a very large and developing fire on a nearby industrial estate. Colleagues from Nelson had requested support.

“As they have become accustomed to over their long service, they immediately dropped what they were doing, mounted the appliances and focused on dealing with the emergency.

“The blaze was successfully prevented from spreading and a multi-million pound Lancashire-based business is still trading – something which can entirely be attributed to their rapid response and collective efforts.

“I know Richard, Alan and Peter are very proud of their service and we in turn are very proud and grateful for the professionalism and commitment they, and their colleagues across Lancashire, demonstrate on a daily basis.”

The blaze which affected them was at AquaSpira on Junction Street, Nelson.