A firefighter, who has served with the Delabole Community Fire Station for more than 30 years, has hung up his braces as he retires from service.

A presentation evening took place on Tuesday, November 14, to mark the retirement of Sm Leigh Oulton. 

A spokesperson from Delabole Community Fire Station said: “We were joined in this celebration by GM Lee Griffin and Sm Stuart Parkyn who kindly presented Leigh with a certificate of his long and distinguished service with Cornwall Fire and Rescue service, Jubilee medal and a statue of a firefighter engraved with Leigh’s name, gifted in gratitude by the crew at Delabole.”

Leigh joined Delabole Fire Station on the month of June 1992 and has served his community for the past 31 years.

Over this period he joined the management team and gained the rank of leading firefighter before moving on to the rank of watch manager, finally ending up with the rank of station manager. 

Leigh attended many incidents over the years, one of which he remembers clearly being the Boscastle flooding. 

The spokesperson added: “All the crew at Delabole would like to thank Leigh for his service over the years and wish him well for the future. All the best.”