The deputy chief fire officer for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is retiring this month after a 32-year career.
Gary Phillips started his career with West Midlands Fire Brigade in 1984, and became deputy chief fire officer for Warwickshire in 2010.
I am sure whenever I see a fire engine around Warwickshire the sense of pride for what our firefighters do will bring a lump to my throat.Gary Phillips
He said: “It has been a privilege to have worked in the fire service for 32 years. To be entrusted with the responsibility to provide effective safety to thousands of people is truly humbling.
“Although I am sad to be retiring, I am excited about what the new chapter in my life will bring. I am sure whenever I see a fire engine around Warwickshire the sense of pride for what our firefighters do will bring a lump to my throat.”
Warwickshire County Council’s chief executive Jim Graham said: “Gary has been an exceptional deputy chief fire officer whose hard work has made Warwickshire a safer place.”