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Andy hangs up his firefighter's helmet after 40 years

Andy Hillsdon has spent 250,000 hours of his life helping to protect the community from fire and other dangerous situations.

Now after 40 years service with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service he is taking a well-earned retirement.

Andy Hillsdon has been serving at Campden since the 1970's. When he first joined the service Jim Callaghan was the Prime Minister, Abba were at number one in the charts and most of the current firefighters team at Campden hadn't been born.

The astonishing feat of having been on standby for around 250,000 hours throughout his career is the equivalent of 28 years ready to respond to emergencies.

Community leaders from Chipping Campden and the surrounding parishes of Willersey, Mickleton, Ebrington and Weston-sub-Edge gathered at The Old Court Room in Chipping Campden to thank the Andy and the firefighters of Chipping Campden community fire station.

Cllr Shaun Parsons, chairman of Gloucestershire County Council, presented Andy with a certificate of appreciation and thanked him on behalf of the authority and the wider communities of Gloucestershire.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, local council member for Camden Vale, said: "I am grateful that we've had the opportunity to thank Andy and the local crew at Chipping Campden for all the work they do to serve the local community.

"As both a resident and the local member, it gives me immense pride and peace of mind to know we have such a dedicated team protecting us."

Andy Hermiston, deputy chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "You can't underestimate the commitment it takes to devote such a long time to keeping residents safe.

"Andy is a credit to the fire service, and I would like to wish him all the best for the future as he enjoys his retirement."

Pictured: Left to right: Cllr Shaun Parsons, Andy Hillsdon, Cllr Lynden Stowe and Andy Hermiston, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

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