Retired Members

Copies of an edition of Burning Issues - staff magazine

Welcome to the page dedicated to providing information for retired and former members of the Brigade.


Bob Parrington

We have been informed of the death on 17th March 2015 of former Sub Officer 565 Bob Parrington age 66.  Mr Parrington joined the brigade in March 1967, serving at Bradford, Idle and FSHQ and retired in July 1989.  He leaves a widow, Margaret.

The funeral will be held at 12:30 pm on Tuesday 31st March 2015 at Rawdon Crematorium, Leeds.

 Trevor Bedford

We have been informed of the death on 12th March 2015 of former Leading Firefighter Trevor Bedford age 73.  Trevor served from July 1964, retiring in June 1992 from Ossett.  He leaves a widow, Patricia.

The funeral will take place at 11.15am on Wednesday 25th March 2015 at Dewsbury Crematorium.

Lesley Henry Stanley Howard

We have been informed of the death on 6th March 2015 of Lesley Henry Stanley Howard age 75.  Mr Howard served from June 1969 retiring in May 1986 as Leading Fireman 972 at Odsal. 

Jack Allen Norman

We have been informed of the death on 6th March 2015 of Jack Allen Norman aged 92 years.  Mr Norman joined the service in December 1947 and retired in May 1977 having served at Wakefield.


Retirements and Leavers

Ian Jowett

CC Ian Jowett, Batley Blue watch is retiring and would like to invite colleagues past and present to a farewell drink on Friday 27th March 2015 from 19:30 hours at The Union Rooms, Wetherspoons, Hick Lane, Batley WF17 5HW

Robin Ward

SM Robin Ward will be retiring on 17th April after 30 years and would like to invite those who would like to join him for a farewell drink on that date from 7pm at The Works, Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2QG

Steve Kain

ADC Steve Kain, Wakefield District is retiring after 30 years' service, having previously worked at Cleckheaton, Huddersfield, Slaithwaite, Idle, Wakefield, Ossett, Castleford, Castleford, Normanton and FSHQ. 

Please come along and join him for a drink at Fernandes Brewery Tap, The Old Malthouse, 5 Avison Yard, Wakefield, WF1 1UA on Friday 10th April 2015 from 19:30 hours

 Stephen Shaw

Firefighter Stephen Shaw of Huddersfield Blue watch is retiring.

He would like to invite friends and colleagues past and present to celebrate with him at the King's Head (attached to Huddersfield train station) on Friday 1st May 2015 from 19:30hrs. All welcome.

 Andrew Oliver

After 30 years on Moortown White watch Firefighter Andy Oliver 2909 is retiring.

He will be having retirement drinks at Moortown Rugby Club on Friday May 8th from 7.30pm.  Partners and children are welcome.  Pie and Peas. No speeches.


Burning Issues Subscriptions

Our staff magazine 'Burning Issues' is now available for retired and former members. Please complete the form giving your service details and you will receive a copy of each in PDF format shortly after publication by email.

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