Three firemen retire after clocking up more than 90 years' service between them
THREE firemen who between them have clocked up more than 90 years' service, have fought their last flames before retirement.
Graham Riach, Martin Nangle and Guy Smith, all from Cromwell Road Fire Station, have come to the end of their standard 30 years service within the service.
Firefighters do have the option to stay on afterwards but for these three men, they feel the time is right to hang up their helmets.
Martin, who started his career in Immingham, is looking forward to spending more time on the golf course.
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The 58-year-old said: "I will be retiring as crew manager here at the Cromwell Road station.
"I spent around 10 years working at the former Immingham station before moving over.
"I could not think of a better job to have been in and if I could do this career all over again I would.
"Other crew members become almost like your family, in this type of career there has to be a lot of trust between you all.
"Over the past 30 years there has been a lot that has changed within the fire service and I now feel ready to retire."
Graham, 51, became a fireman at the age of 20 in Immingham and has not looked back since.
The married dad of two children and three step-children, has found his job very rewarding but is ready to leave.
The former crew manager said: "I can not have imagined me doing anything different, I have loved working in the fire service.
"I have no plans yet as to what I will do with my free time but I am sure it will be spent well.
"I would encourage others thinking about working in the fire service to do it, but these days jobs are very rare to get hold of."
Guy is already thinking about travelling and would love to go back and visit America during his retirement.
The 54-year-old, who like Martin and Graham started in Immingham, said: "It is nice that we are all retiring together, especially as we all met at the former Immingham station on Pelham Road.
"I have been looking forward to retirement as I want to do things while I am still fit and healthy.
"I believe being a firefighter is one of the most rewarding jobs out of others I could have done.
"Protecting and serving the public has been fantastic over the past 30 years but now I am ready to have some free time."