West Craven firefighter honoured for 40 years service

Chris Nuttall, watch manager at Earby Fire Station, receives a certificate during a presentation for 40 years service as a retained firefighter. (S)
Chris Nuttall, watch manager at Earby Fire Station, receives a certificate during a presentation for 40 years service as a retained firefighter. (S)
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A West Craven man has been honoured by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service for 40 years as a retained firefighter.

Chris Nuttall (60), of Colne Road, Kelbrook, notched up four decades in the role in December having spent the first 28 years as a retained fireman at Barnoldswick and the last 12 years as a watch manager at Earby Fire Station.

Chris was one of two in the county to clock up 40 years last month and has many memories of the job dealing with everything from large mill fires to road accidents to cats stuck up trees.

Chris said: “I still enjoy it. As long as I keep passing the medical and fitness test we have to do, I’ll carry on for as long as I can. I think it’s a great way of giving something back to the community you live in.

“Obviously it has changed a lot over the years and it gets a bit harder as I’ve got older, especially on cold dark mornings.

“I was given a certificate of appreciation, a pocket watch and a few other gifts. I was taken aback by it all really.

“A couple of jobs stick in the mind. I once came back of holiday from Tenerife and got a call out to Earby and got stuck in the snow at the top of Stoney Bank Road. We had to walk to the incident.

“I also remember getting a call out in the middle of the night years ago and a police officer spotted me on my way to Barnoldswick Fire Station.

“He started chasing me thinking I was a burglar but there was no way I was stopping to explain what I was doing when he had a truncheon in his hand.”