Wisbech firefighter hangs up helmet after 26 years

Wisbech firefighters wish Graham Brighty a happy retirement
Wisbech firefighters wish Graham Brighty a happy retirement
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A dedicated on-call Wisbech firefighter is hanging up his uniform after serving his community for 26 years.

Graham Brighty, 56, joined Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service in July 1988 and retired in December.

A presentation was held at Wisbech Fire Station when a firefighting figurine was presented to Graham by Area Commander Maurice Moore in recognition of his service to Wisbech and the surrounding communities. The on-call crew also presented flowers to his wife.

Watch Commander Phil Pilbeam has paid tribute to Graham.

He said: “It was a pleasure working with Graham and he was a great firefighter.

“During his time with the service he attended hundreds of incidents and even led members of the station in numerous collision extrication competitions, representing the service at a national level.

“He also reached the rank of crew commander but later relinquished his rank owing to work commitments.

“He ended his career doing the job he loved, which was being a firefighter.”

Area Commander Maurice Moore has also thanked Graham for his service.

He said: “We thank Graham and his family for tirelessly dedicating more than 26 years’ service to the people of Wisbech and, indeed, Cambridgeshire.

“On-call firefighters are an important part of our workforce and it’s committed people like Graham who help keep their communities safer.”

Wisbech is now recruiting on-call firefighters.

If you are over 18, live or work five minutes from the town’s fire station and are interested in finding out more, visit the crew on drill night every Thursday 7-9pm, or log on to www.cambsfire.gov.uk