Station Manager retires after three decades of service to local communities

Daz Jackson Rob Barber

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A Station Manager who gave three decades of service to local communities in Staffordshire has retired from the service.

Earlier this month, we said goodbye to Station Manager Darren Jackson, or 'Daz' as he prefers to be called by his colleagues. 

He joined us in the early 1990s, becoming part of the crew at Hanley Fire Station. He would then go on to work in Longton, Eccleshall, Stone and Gnosall, before returning to Hanley as Station Manager towards the end of his career.

Speaking on his retirement, Darren said: "I want to say a massive thank you to everyone that I have worked with and that have supported me and my family over the last 30 years. There are far too many to name.

"It has been a privilege and an honour to work alongside so many passionate and professional colleagues and to serve the communities of Staffordshire over the last 30 years. 

"It has been an incredible journey that I have really enjoyed."

"There are so many highlights for me over the years, but if I had to pick one, it would be the charity boxing match against Staffordshire Police in 2011. I fought in the first bout and won! 

"It was an amazing night, made all the more special, as we raised over £100,000 for the Caudwell Children Charity, which supports disabled children and their families across the UK."

Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber (right) presented Darren with a commemorative fire axe, in recognition of his longevity and dedication to the Service.

CFO Rob Barber said: "To complete three decades of service is a true testament to the incredible expertise and experience that Daz has amassed during his long and successful career with us.

"I have seen first-hand the exemplary judgement, integrity and professionalism that he has displayed during our time together in the service. I am sure that his presence at Hanley Fire Station will be missed for some time to come.

"Daz leaves us as an esteemed colleague and a beloved friend and we wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement."

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