Much-loved Clitheroe firefighter hangs up kit after two decades

Leaving party for retained firefighter Paul Kwasniewski.
Leaving party for retained firefighter Paul Kwasniewski.

A retained firefighter who served the Ribble Valley community for 20 years hung up his kit for the final time.

Friends and colleagues - past and present - gathered at the Waggon and Horses Pub to wish Clitheroe Fire Station’s Paul Kwasniewski a happy retirement.

Watch Manager, Dave McGrath, praised his dedication to work. He said: “Over the past 20 years, firefighter Kwas has demonstrated a very professional approach in protecting the people of Lancashire.

“He’s been on call on average 100 hours a week – balancing family and primary employment.

“He will be sadly missed and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Similar sentiments were expressed by Acting Crew Manager Glen Dinsdale. He said: “Kwasi was a very popular member of our crew at Clitheroe and will be a great miss, hopefully we can get in new firefighters that can fill his boots!”

And the man himself, Paul added: “I am hugely proud of the commitment I have shown to my local community over the past 20 years of service. It is something I will miss greatly.”

If you fancy a career as an on-call firefighter serving the local community, please contact Glen at Clitheroe Fire Station, Princess Ave, Clitheroe BB7 2AL, or call 01200 442148.