After 35 years of fighting fires, Diss fireman Kevin Waller is hanging up his uniform.
The 58-year-old retained firefighter has been at the Diss station throughout that time and leaves with memories not just of battling fires but of rescuing cats, releasing trapped drivers from cars and even freeing a trapped deer from railings at Diss High School.
“It takes a big part of your life and your family’s,” he said, “but if I had my life again I would want to do the same thing and with the same people.” He paid tribute to his colleagues for “a great time” and to his family for putting up with the occasions when he had to drop plans to respond to an alert.
He has seen many changes through the years, such as a big improvement in safety for the firefighters themselves, and he is particularly proud the Diss station was the top competition team in the county when fire stations held regular inter-station challenges.
A self-employed plumber, he currently teaches plumbing at Otley College. Mr Waller is pictured in his original fireman’s uniform with (from left) Mark Cullum, Carl Hain, Matthew Oxborrow, Rob Powell, Liam Wood, John Kennell-Webb.