Retired firefighters remember colleagues in reunion
RETIRED fire fighters from Falmouth met up for a beer and a few “tall tales” at the station which they all served.
The reunion bought together 16 former life savers who had all worked at Falmouth Fire Station.
One of the retirees bought along some memorabilia dating back as far as 1972 when the fire station first opened.
“The idea for the reunion came about when one of our retired colleagues died,” said Ned Bailey, from the station.
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“We realised that was the only time we ever saw each other when there was a funeral.
“So we felt it would better to meet in happier circumstances. We just had a drink and told a few tall tales.”
Peter Coles, who served the station from 1853 to 1984, talked about how times had changed.
“When I served we rarely used breathing apparatus,” he said.
“We didn’t think it was necessary. There wasn’t the type of toxic fumes we have today. It was mostly smoke you had to endure.
“We just took a deep breath and looked for a window when we needed to breath.”
Crews across the county walked out of their stations between noon and 4pm yesterday as part of a long-running dispute with the Government over pensions reform, which could see firefighters working until the age of 60.
See more pictures of the reunion in next week's West Briton.