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Paul is a fire-fighting hero

19th July 2018

Paul_Farnham.jpgGreat job, Paul Farman – a true fire-fighting hero! Paul, the husband of our maternity and perinatal mental health quality improvement lead, Melanie Farman, has been out all hours day and night tackling the serious moorland blaze at Winter Hill, labelled ‘the biggest natural disaster for decades’.

Our firefighters do an amazing job but what’s even more remarkable in Paul’s case is that he also works four days a week as an estate agency sales negotiator!

Paul was keen to give something back to his local community and joined Lancashire Fire and Rescue as a retained firefighter three years ago, after seeing a sign at his local fire station. He is on a 120-hour retained contract at Lytham fire station which means he is on call at all times, apart from Thursday evenings and alternate Saturday evenings.

Before being called out to Winter Hill, he had already dedicated hours in June and July with other firefighting colleagues, tackling a series of grass fires across Lytham St Anne’s, as well as the major blaze at Saddleworth Moor near Manchester.

Paul_Farnham_estate_agent.jpgNot surprisingly, Paul has come in for glowing praise from his bosses, and his family and employers have been right behind him all the way.

“The last couple of weeks have certainly been the busiest of my time here but the incidents we have covered have shown just how much the community needs us and that's what it's all about – serving the community.”

Paul said:

“It’s so rewarding and it’s not just about fire, we get called out to all kinds of incidents.

The local community were also heroes in their own right, donating bottles of water and other items to the determined firefighters.

Wife Melanie said:

"Paul is an amazing father, husband and firefighter who works hard for his family and community. We are extremely proud of him and all the Lytham Fire Station team."

Read the full coverage about Paul and his colleagues in Blackpool Gazette’s special feature:

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