Tributes to retiring Bervie firefighter

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Tribute was paid last week to Bob Chassar, who has retired after 40 years as a retained firefighter at Inverbervie.

Bob, who has been Crew Manager since 1983, joined the fire service at 21 and now he says it is a young man’s game and it is time to step down.

Bob worked as a self-employed electrician and retired three years ago.

With his firefighting days now over, he plans to take it easy, with plenty of time to cut the grass and spend time with his wife Irene.

The couple have three children, Jill, James and Lorna. Lorna has actually been working for the Fire Service in the control room in Aberdeen.

Bob says he has enjoyed his time in the service, but is now looking forward to a bit of golf and fishing.

Grampian’s Chief Fire Officer, David Dalziel, paid tribute to Bob, saying he had seen huge changes in his 40 years.

“Two-thirds of the firefighters in the UK are retained duty firefighters. You are dealing with the people you know and there is a closeness with the community.

“Your must be one of the longest serving firefighters in the country. There certainly won’t be many who have done more than 40 years.

“Bob is known as a joker, but he also commands great respect among his colleagues and has brought calmness to many situations.”

Chief Officer Dalziel presented Bob with a model of a fire engine from the service and a statue of a firefighter performing a rescue from his colleagues.