Rothbury firefighter to retire after 17 years

Retained firefighter David Young, centre, who is retiring after 17 years,with his crew.
Retained firefighter David Young, centre, who is retiring after 17 years,with his crew.

Retained firefighter David Young is retiring after 17 years of service to the people of Rothbury.

But he will still be putting his years of experience to good use by helping to train the Young Firefighters Association, providing younger generations with skills for the future.

An electrician by trade, David has been praised for his efforts by senior officers from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).

David said: “I’ve always wanted to be a retained firefighter and do my bit for the community and help out, so after attending a drill night at Rothbury Fire Station and being asked to join, I went for it.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in my role. It’s great to go out and meet the public, providing help and support when people need it most. I have also appreciated the training courses provided by the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, which have been invaluable - I’ve learnt some really crucial skills like first aid training and trauma care.”

Crew Manager David will still be serving the Rothbury community, training and educating the younger generation as the Station Instructor with the Young Firefighters Association.

Chief Fire Officer Alex Bennett said: “I would like to thank David for his dedication and professionalism. He has been a vital member of the crew and I wish him the best of luck with his future endeavours, including his continuing work with the Young Firefighters Association.”

Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Service Dave Ledger, who has responsibility for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, added: “David is a great example of the professional work retained firefighters carry out across the county and it’s fantastic he will be staying on to share his skills with the younger generation.”

The young firefighters meet in Rothbury Fire Station every Thursday. Anyone aged 13-17 who is interested in learning a range of new skills can attend. For more information visit Northumberland County Council’s website at