Family is key to long service fighting fires

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A firefighter from Carnforth has received a long service award.

Crew manager Robin Loxam, 46,became a retained firefighter at Carnforth in February 1993, and was on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 10 years.

Robin remembers in particular an incident in Morecambe Bay which began at 5am on August 25, 1996 when a man who had set off to cross the mud flats at low tide the night before had got trapped, unable to move.

Robin and his crew were the first on the scene and the rescue was successful, but the incident made international news and attracted the attention of a TV series based on emergency incident reconstructions.

At an awards ceremony in Euxton last week, Robin, who is depot manager for Dennis Barnfield Groundcare Ltd at Bolton-le-Sands, thanked his wife Helen and sons Steve, 23, and Tom, 21, for their support.

He added: “It’s all in the line of the job working for the community, but it has to be recognised that you can’t do that without the support of a good family behind you, and I’m certainly blessed with that.”