Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Firefighter Gary Mussett retires from West Mersea after 40 years

Firefighter Gary Mussett has retired from Essex County Fire and Resacue Service after completing exactly 40 years as an on-call firefighter at West Mersea Fire Station.

Joining back on 2 July 1979, Gary became part of a proud family tradition – initially serving alongside his father David Mussett, before his brother Chris (from 1978) and other brother Jon (from 1983) and then Gary’s son Sam also served alongside him at West Mersea.

Along the way, Gary has been part of the fire service's response to some huge incidents, ranging from a 15 pump incident aboard a 15,000 tonne cargo ship in the river Blackwater to an eight pump response at KFC in Colchester High Street.

Last week, Gary was presented with the traditional mounted axe at the station by Assistant Chief Fire Officer Matt Furber, along with other gifts from his crewmates.

Matt also made a short speech to thank Gary for his time and dedication to our Service.

Matt said: “Considering the level of commitment, sacrifice and dedication that is required to provide on-call cover for a single year, 40 years is a truly incredible achievement and demonstrates a fantastic commitment to the local community and our fire service.

“In that time our appliances, kit and role have changed, but Gary has been a constant throughout. That is truly remarkable and something that he should be very proud of.”

Station Manager Pete Neal added: “40 years as an on-call firefighter demonstrates huge commitment and dedication. The skills, knowledge and experience he has gained throughout that vast amount of time are irreplaceable.

“Along with everyone at West Mersea, I wish Gary the very best in his retirement.”

The Mussett West Mersea tradition will live on, with Watch Manager Jon still in post.

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Last updated: 2 July 2019

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