Firefighter says goodbye after three decades of service

Dermot Hogan and Rob Barber

Firefighter says goodbye after three decades of service

After 30 years’ service of making a difference to the communities of Staffordshire, Group Manager Dermot Hogan has hung up his helmet.

On 30 September 2022, Dermot left Newcastle Fire Station for the final time.

“I’m incredibly proud to have worked for the service for 30 years and to serve the communities of Staffordshire.”

It all started back in October 1992 when Dermot joined the service as a firefighter at Newcastle Fire Station.

And since then, Dermot has taken on a number of roles from being the leading firefighter at Stafford in 1997, Station Manager across different locations in the county – including Burton, South Staffordshire, Leek, Newcastle and most recently being the Group Manager in the north of the county.

Dermot reflected on his time at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service with real fondness and admitted he will miss his colleagues.

He said: “When I walked in the door to training school at Newcastle Fire Station back in 1992, I never thought I’d last 30 minutes let alone 30 years. I can now reflect on what has been such a rewarding and fulfilling career that has given me an opportunity to serve across the whole of the county.

“Working for the service has allowed me to meet and work with so many wonderful people who go above and beyond to make a difference to our communities and support those most vulnerable when they’re often in the most difficult moments of their lives.

“All of my colleagues at the fire service are inspirational. I’d like to thank everyone who I’ve been fortunate to work alongside both in the service and across our partners. Your support has made my time in the service one I will always treasure.”

For anyone who is considering joining the fire service, Dermot added: “I was lucky to find a place that was the right fit for me. If you’re looking to join the fire service, there are many different roles alongside responding to incidents. Give it a go and you may find a supportive and challenging place is your best fit.”

Rob Barber, Chief Fire Officer at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Dermot has been an absolute credit to both himself and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. He has been a role model and has always shown professionalism throughout his career at the service. I’ll miss working with Dermot and wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Glynn Luznyj, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, added: “Having worked with Dermot, I know how incredibly hardworking and dedicated he is. He has maintained the highest standards throughout his career and I am going to miss him greatly, as many of his colleagues will too.”