Burnley firefighter retires after 30 years

Mark Hammond with his fire-fighter colleagues on his retirement after 30 years service.
Mark Hammond with his fire-fighter colleagues on his retirement after 30 years service.

Burnley’s longest-serving firefighter has retired after 30 years in the job.

Dad-of-two Mark Hammond started his fire brigade career at Nelson where he was based for four years. He has spent the last 26 years at Burnley fire station and has also worked as a part-time firefighter in Padiham.

Mark, who lives in Burnley, said he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife Julie (52), son Jake (19) and daughter Lydia (12) but added he will miss the job.

“I’m going to take six months off and see what opportunities come up. I’m going to do a few things around the house and take it from there.

“But I will miss it, we’re all quite close. I’ll miss the camaraderie and I’ll definitely miss the excitement of when there’s a fire and you never know what you’re going to get, the adrenalin rush.”

The former Navy engineer and diver, who enjoys swimming, walking and golf, has booked a holiday to Turkey and praised his wife, who works at Marks and Spencer, for supporting him throughout his career.

“I’d like to thank Julie for having to put up with me dashing off at a moment’s notice from home to attend incidents.”

Acting watch manager Alan Ashworth added: “Mark has been a valuable member of the watch and he will be missed. He’s helped all the younger ones come through and we’ll miss his experience.”