Firefighter calls it a day after 15 years’ service

Rothbury firefighter Kevin Coe
Rothbury firefighter Kevin Coe

A retained firefighter who has served his community for almost 15 years has been given a special award for his service.

Kevin Coe, 46, served with Rothbury fire station crew since 2000 as a crew member and latterly a crew manager and has been involved in a number of big incidents in the village and surrounding areas.

Kevin, father to two and step-dad to two, said he joined the team to give something back to his community, but felt that the time was now right to call it a day.

“I wanted to do something different from the day job and help out,” he said.

“We help the local community, meet different people and learn new skills.”

Kevin was involved in the floods of 2008 and the gas outage the following winter. He has also been on the scene of numerous road-traffic accidents and more recently helped out at the fire at the former Swarland Brickworks.

“The floods were unbelieveable,” he said. “I have never seen, and never want to see, anything like that again.

“I think it is really important that we have retained firefighters in the community. After us the nearest station is probably Alnwick and that’s 20 minutes away.

“It is critical that we can be on the scene as soon as possible, especially in the case of traffic collisions and fires in this area.

“I’ve seen some pretty bad collisions and have been involved with the young drivers’ awareness course as well.

“I’d encourage any young people to get involved with the firefighters.”

Kevin was given an award for his long service.