Crowland firefighter bows out after 30 years

Watch commander Kevin Robbs.
Watch commander Kevin Robbs.
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A watch commander from Crowland is hanging up his helmet after 30 years of firefighting.

WC Kevin Robbs (53), said farewell on his final shift on Saturday when he was thanked for his service by representatives Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Kevin has the ability to remain calm in whatever situation he finds himself confronted with.

Area commander Nick Foster

The father-of two waved goodbye to his crew at Dogsthorpe’s black watch with a celebratory lunch.

Kevin has attended thousands of incidents during his career at the fire service.

He added: “I would like to say a big thank you to those I have worked with over the years for their support. I have met some fantastic professionals and made lifetime friends.

“I would also like to thank my partner Gill and children Emma and Darren for their support and for putting up with the shift patterns and enduring countless Christmases without me.”

Throughout his career, Kevin climbed the career ladder from firefighter to watch commander level, working at Cambridge, Huntingdon, Stanground and Dogsthorpe fire stations as well as a stint at the Service headquarters in the operational support group.

Area Commander Nick Foster, who presented Kevin with his firefighting figurine on Saturday to mark his long service, added: “Kevin will be missed by all those who served with him in whatever capacity.

“Kevin has the ability to remain calm in whatever situation he finds himself confronted with.

“Knowing that he was at an incident I was attending was always reassuring, as you would know that he had got a grip of it.

“On a personal level he has always been friendly, welcoming and positive.”