Trail-blazer Terry’s 42 years with the fire service

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A Belper firefighter who blazed a trail during a 42-year career has finally hung up his boots.

Terry Allsop joined Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service in May 1971 as a part time firefighter at Belper Fire Station. He was promoted to the rank of Sub Officer in 1980 which he continued to do until stepping down in October 2003.

In 1997, having retired from his full time post in the rail industry, Terry took up a full time technicians job. As the manager of the Technical Services Support Unit (TSSU) he was responsible for ensuring firefighters are always equipped to deal any emergencies that they face for 16 years until finally packing up his spanners on September 10.

He plans to spend his retirement in walking boots or simply spending time with his grandchildren.

Belper station manager, Chris Smith, said ‘Terry has been a dedicated employee for over 42 years, both in his service to Derbyshire as an operational firefighter and to Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service employees as head of Technical Services. He has shown commitment, professionalism and a desire to be the best. Whilst we wish Terry all the very best for his retirement, we know we will be in good hands with his colleagues who have benefitted from his expertise and guidance over the years.’