A dedicated firefighter from Banbury has left Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service after almost 28 years.
Darran Gough, who first joined Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service at Henley in 1986, has left to become a full-time firefighter with West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service.
He received a certificate of appreciation for loyal and dedicated service at a leaving event on September 6, and said: “It was a really good night and one of my friends who I worked with at Henley and who now lives in Devon came up, which was really nice.”
During his time in Banbury Mr Gough was involved with a number of initiatives to highlight safety messages, the most recent being a seatbelt campaign with Queensway School and Prodrive which looked at reducing child road casualties by highlighting the importance of children correctly using booster seats.
“I found out the campaign had won a national award a week after my notice was handed in to leave, so it was the crowning glory,“ he said and added: “The current team at Banbury is the best I have worked with.”