Two Hampshire firefighters have, between them, racked up over 100 years of experience with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS).
Alan Hammond and Malcolm Lucas both joined the Service on 3 September 1965 as part of the Junior Fireman Scheme, and stayed with the Service for the next 50 years.
Having attended some of the biggest and most dangerous incidents in HFRS history, including the fire aboard the tanker Pacific Glory seven miles off the Isle of Wight in 1971 which Malcolm says is his most memorable, Alan and Malcolm have collectively spent a century making Hampshire safer.
Commenting on what had changed the most over the last 50 years, Malcolm said:
"Improvements in equipment and technology have to be the biggest changes, especially in protective clothing and appliances. The protection both from fire and from the elements that the new technology offers is amazing."
"I agree, the equipment has come on a long way, as has the IT. Yet basics haven’t changed, just the way we do the job. We have a lot more training now."
Commemorating 50 years each in the Service, Alan Hammond and Malcolm Lucas were each awarded a statue and Certificate of Service by Chief Fire Officer Dave Curry at a presentation in September this year.
Since then, Malcolm has taken well earned retirement whilst Alan continues to work with HFRS in the Business Fire Safety team.