Nelson fire-fighter retires after 30 years

Nigel Boden
Nigel Boden

A long-serving firefighter has retired after serving the community for 30 years, serving two spells at Nelson.

White Watch Manager Nigel Boden worked his last shift at Nelson Fire Station on Sunday night to end a career which began in April, 1983 when he followed his father, David, into the service.

Nigel started his career at Accrington before he moved to Nelson for the first time and was subsequently promoted to the rank of leading fireman, moving back to Accrington.

Later, he was promoted again to Sub-officer (now known as Watch Manager) and went to serve at Rawtenstall for 13 years and then at Penwortham before coming to Nelson for a second time three-and-a-half years ago.

It was while he was at Rawtenstall that he was one of the first firefighters on the scene of a major felt factory blaze in the Rossendale Valley that was one of the biggest fires in Lancashire in the last 30 years, with crews staying on the scene for several months.

“I have seen a lot of changes during my career,” said Nigel.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in the service and have many happy memories”.

Nigel is a keen cyclist and plans to pursue his hobby in retirement.