After 25 years of valuable service Tim Slaughter will be taking a well-earned rest and hanging up his fire boots on 20th May, with tonight (14th May) being his last drill night.
Tim first joined East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service as a retained firefighter, at what was then the Uckfield Fire Station, in Keld Avenue, back in November of 1986. He was then promoted to Crew Manager in 1998, the position that he still holds today.
Uckfield local businesses have also been praised by crews for staunchly supporting the Fire Service and making the town a safer place to live in.
Station Manager Matt Lloyd said: “This is such a special achievement, as being a retained duty firefighter requires such a level of personal commitment.
“The role involves being on call for long periods, support from an understanding family as well as their employer, as at any time you have to be able to respond to emergency situations.
“With this is mind, East Sussex Fire & Rescues Service and the Slaughter family would like to thank those businesses for their support and understanding. Tim’s enthusiasm, caring nature and ability to make people laugh will be missed around the station. We would all like to wish Tim the best for the future.”