Posted: Friday 11 August 2023, 14:53
Derbyshire’s Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Gavin Tomlinson has met with a former Chief Officer during a special fire station visit organised by a Community Safety Officer (CSO).
CFO Tomlinson joined Kingsway Red Watch to welcome 98-year-old Thomas Watkins for a visit given his extensive history within the fire sector.
Thomas was Chief of Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service – or Derbyshire Fire Service as it was known back then – between the 1970s and 80s.
During this time, he was in charge of purchasing our former headquarters in Littleover and also played a vital role in the merging of Derby City Fire Service and Derby County Fire Service to become the one, county-wide fire service it is today.
The 98-year-old, who is a D-Day veteran and received an OBE for his fire service work, remembers everything about his time with the fire service and loved hearing about modern day firefighting techniques as well as the equipment used.
Special thanks to CSO Baker for organising the visit and Kingsway Red Watch for showing Thomas, his best friend Ian and their guests around the station.