Long srevice award for Spilsby firefighting hero

Crew manager Steve Hanson receives his long service certificate. ANL-170327-154723001
Crew manager Steve Hanson receives his long service certificate. ANL-170327-154723001

A local hero from Spilsby has been rewarded for 30 years’ service to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

Crew Manager Steve Hanson had been attending a road accident in Skendleby last Monday when he was presented with his long service certificate.

It’s amazing the things people can get stuck on them and places animals can get trapped

Crew Manager Steve Hanson

Retained firefighter Mr Hanson said: “We always have a debrief after a call-out to an accident. It was just announced I had been here 30 years - I wasn’t expecting it.”

Born in Spilsby, Mr Hanson was an apprentice mechanic when he joined Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, just a few months after watch manager Ray Ford.

Now an engineer with J and A International, he said: “I’ve been lucky to have understanding employers and family. Without them it just wouldn’t work.

“Things have changed over the years and the equipment and training is much better now.

“Many of the incidents I’ve been called to I can’t talk about but there have been some amusing ones. It’s amazing the things people can get stuck on them and places animals can get trapped.

“It’s what makes the job so varied - no day is ever the same. I’d definitely recommend it.”

The station has 12 retained firefighters, has maintained 100 per cent availability, which it is very proud of, and has received Beacon Status.

Mr Ford said: “We keep going and this is a big milestone for us both. But we thoroughly enjoy ourselves.”