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Maldon firefighter Martin celebrates 40 years' service

Station Officer Martin Cable has served the people of Maldon for four decades.

Martin followed in the footsteps of his father-in-law and began his career with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) in 1975 when he was just 18 years old.

The now 58 year old has lived in Maldon his whole life. He joined Maldon Fire Station which was then based in London Road before moving to the new station in Wycke Hill in 1997. He said: “It has been a great privilege to serve my local community for all these years, and given the choice I would do it all over again.”

Martin’s most memorable incidents include a large fire at Chelmsford Prison in 1978: “On route to the incident we learnt there were six inmates still inside the building, which made for a very nerve-racking journey to the incident. Perhaps even more nerve-racking was finding out that our firefighter’s uniform was almost identical to the uniform of the inmates!”

Through his career Martin was promoted to leading firefighter in 1985 then to sub officer in 1986 and to station officer in 1989.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my 40 years with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. I have seen a great deal of change; the fire appliances, uniforms, equipment and even our training. The types of incidents have changed too. We don’t get as many large fires now, but we also get called to a lot more road traffic collisions (RTCs).

When Martin isn’t serving the community of Maldon as an on-call firefighter he is serving them in his full-time job as a milkman; a job he has also now done for a staggering 40 years. Over the years Martin has juggled his full-time work, fire calls, training and managing the station, not to mention his family life – wife Lyn, sons Darren and Steven and grandchildren Niamh, Tello, Paighton and Juniper. Despite this, Martin is still as committed to the Service as ever: “I’m not ready to hang up my uniform just yet. I definitely have a few years left.”

ECFRS Senior Divisional Officer Matt Furber presented Martin with a certificate recognising his long service and dedication. Matt said: “Martin has been a dedicated firefighter at Maldon Fire Station for over 40 years. His level of commitment, sacrifice and loyalty to this station is an incredible achievement and demonstrates fantastic commitment to the community of Maldon and to our fire service. It is a remarkable achievement and one which Martin should be very proud of. On behalf of ECFRS I would like to thank him for the important role he has played in helping to keep the residents Maldon safe for the past 40 years."

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is currently recruiting on-call firefighters at a number of 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.

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