Fire Service Driving Instructor Signs Off

In the driving seat: Alan Furnival who has retired from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service with colleagues

It's the end of the road for Alan Furnival who has retired as a driving instructor after a 42 year career at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A former firefighter, Alan, 65, of Tudor Road in Shrewsbury, joined the Shropshire fire brigade in 1962 and became a civilian driving instructor on his retirement after 30 years service.

During his time he has trained almost all Shropshire firefighters in driving a range of vehicles from fire appliances to incident command vehicles and off road Land Rovers.

"I have trained about 95 per cent of the drivers over the years. They also have a refresher driving course every three years," said Alan, who was a former engineering apprentice in Shrewsbury before making the "best career move" to join the brigade.

Alan began his career at Wellington fire station and worked at Shrewsbury fire HQ before moving to the Training and Development Centre at Telford Central fire station in Stafford Park, Telford.

"I have enjoyed my time at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. It has been a huge part of my life. The camaraderie and all the people have made it an excellent career."

Alan with his wife Nora now intends to "take it easy." But he has been ensured he will always stay on the right road with the presentation from his colleagues of a satellite navigation system for his car.

13th January, 2006