Frinton fire officer retires after two decades of service
A Frinton fire officer retires this week after 20 years’ service at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.
At a special evening at Frinton Fire Station last week, Mark Oxley celebrated his long fire service career with colleagues and family and friends. Mark was also presented with his 20 Year Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
Station Officer Mark Oxley , 56, was born and raised in Frinton-on-Sea and started his fire service career in 1996. He worked his way up the ranks and has been a station officer since 2006.
Over his 20-year career, Mark has seen many different types of incidents and assisted countless people in need of help. He has been at the scene of major fires, road traffic collisions, and has educated the community in fire safety advice. Mark’s most memorable incidents includes a large fire in Dovercourt in 2008 which needed 15 fire engines to help extinguish and also a huge warehouse fire in Frinton in 1999.
Mark has never missed a town carnival, station open day or car wash which the station take part in every year to raise money for charity and to spread fire safety advice to their community.
“Now that I have retired from the fire service I’m hoping to go on lots more holidays and spend more time on my favourite hobbies, fishing and game shooting. I won’t be retiring from my day job as a landscape gardener just yet though, I need something to keep me busy”.
Mark Wilby, Station Commander for Frinton Fire Station, said:
“Mark has been a dedicated fire officer of Frinton Fire Station for over 20 years. His commitment , sacrifice and loyalty to Frinton Fire Station is an incredible achievement and demonstrates fantastic commitment to the community of Frinton and our fire service.
"I would like to thank him on behalf of the Service for the important role he has played in keeping the community of Frinton safe for the past two decades."
“He will be greatly missed and we all wish him the best for whatever the future holds."
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is currently recruiting on-call firefighters at a number of fire stations across the County. If you are interested in becoming an on-call firefighter and would like to know more about how it might work for you, visit our website or call 01376 576121 for more information.