Cambridgeshire firefighter Alan Brown from Ely hangs up his helmet after almost 30 years

Firefighter Alan Brown is retiring.

Firefighter Alan Brown is retiring. - Credit: Archant

Alan Brown has hung up his firefighter’s helmet for the last time after nearly 30 years.

Alan, the head of emergency planning and resilience at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, has worked in a variety of roles over the last three decades.

But he has spent his last year focusing on emergency planning in conjunction with partner organisations and other blue light networks such as police and ambulance.

The local resilience forum was set up in 2004 to enable emergency services to look at how they would cope in the event of a large-scale emergency.

Alan worked as a product manager for a potato packing company before joining CFRS as an on-call firefighter in Whittlesey before becoming a wholetime firefighter working in Cambridge.

Alan, 58, of Ely, has also worked as a station commander at Ely Fire Station as well as a training commander at the training centre in Huntingdon.

He has also worked as a district commander in the Peterborough district for 18 months. His last role prior to head of emergency planning was running operational support.

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Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland said: ?”Alan’s focus on the service has been absolute and he has been a great person to work with.?”

Alan plans to make the most of his retirement, playing the saxophone in the City of Ely Military Band. He also has a share in a microlight so is keen to do more flying.