Long-serving Richmond firefighter ready to retire

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Peter Shaw Peter Shaw

A firefighter who has worked in Richmond for 30 years will retire next week.

Peter Shaw, a red watch firefighter, joined the service just before the show London's Burning became a hit on television.

He said: "It started about a year or so after I joined and that made people more aware of the service and gain an interest in it."

The 51-year-old, from Guildford, said he will miss working in Richmond.

He said: "Working in Richmond borough has been one of the highlights because it is such a nice place.

"I go for a run every day in Richmond Park before work which is a nice way to start my working day."

Mr Shaw, who started his career as a firefighter aged 21, said there have been tough times on the job.

He said: "We have had jobs over the years that have been a bit distressing but you manage to keep with it.

"When I first joined we had a big gas blast in Putney and a couple of people died. That really stuck with me.

"I asked myself the other day why did I join and I think I just wanted something where it wasn't a normal day-to-day routine and I have absolutely loved it."

The father-of-three, who will work his last shift on December 10, will start a renovation project and help his wife with her florist business.

He said: "My family are looking forward to me being home more.

"It is my time to leave now, it is a young man's job."

 

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10:58am Thu 5 Dec 13

aspicer says...

On the day when the Chancellor announces more people will not be able to get their State Pensions until the age of 68, we are allowing LFB workers to retire at 51 yrs young.
The LFB minimum retirement age needs increasing to 65 ASAP to stop this unaffordable abuse of their over generous pensions system.
We cannot afford for individuals to spend more years retired, than paying in as employees.
Happy retirement Peter... but unfortunately, it is at the expense of your kids, who are going to have to work longer and harder to pay for your golden benefits.
On the day when the Chancellor announces more people will not be able to get their State Pensions until the age of 68, we are allowing LFB workers to retire at 51 yrs young. The LFB minimum retirement age needs increasing to 65 ASAP to stop this unaffordable abuse of their over generous pensions system. We cannot afford for individuals to spend more years retired, than paying in as employees. Happy retirement Peter... but unfortunately, it is at the expense of your kids, who are going to have to work longer and harder to pay for your golden benefits. aspicer

1:19pm Fri 6 Dec 13

A-n-d-y says...

This man has had to pay £400 a month for 30 years to get this pension and firefighters will soon be paying 15 % of there wages towards there pension unlike politicians who do not pay anything towards there's and receive a full pension after two terms just 8 years. You can not have 68 year old firefighters like the cretin that posted before me suggested it's not physically possible which is why they pay so much for there pensions. Also it's a fact that many firefighters don't live long enough to enjoy the full benefits of the pension that they have payed for.
Good luck Pete I hope you enjoy your well earned pension, I'm sure most of the people of Richmond appreciate your long service.
This man has had to pay £400 a month for 30 years to get this pension and firefighters will soon be paying 15 % of there wages towards there pension unlike politicians who do not pay anything towards there's and receive a full pension after two terms just 8 years. You can not have 68 year old firefighters like the cretin that posted before me suggested it's not physically possible which is why they pay so much for there pensions. Also it's a fact that many firefighters don't live long enough to enjoy the full benefits of the pension that they have payed for. Good luck Pete I hope you enjoy your well earned pension, I'm sure most of the people of Richmond appreciate your long service. A-n-d-y

3:12pm Fri 6 Dec 13

youngy04 says...

This man is 51, SO WHAT!! He started at 21. Maybe u aspicer would like 68 year olds to rescue ur family from a car crash or fire? Why are people like u so bitter? 30 years serving the borough is marvellous and the huge amount HE paid in contributions should reflect this. What do u do? Could u do a firefighters job at 68? Why don't u join the job? Maybe in the future if you need the service I hope the OAP firefighters u crave for can still help ur family. What percentage do u pay for ur pension? It's not a race to the bottom decent people deserve decent pensions. As for mentioning his kids, yes if they do an office job then 68 could be a age to work to, but there are no office jobs for firemen. I'm sure at 51Mr Shaw will get another job and in turn generate more tax and national insurance too.
This man is 51, SO WHAT!! He started at 21. Maybe u aspicer would like 68 year olds to rescue ur family from a car crash or fire? Why are people like u so bitter? 30 years serving the borough is marvellous and the huge amount HE paid in contributions should reflect this. What do u do? Could u do a firefighters job at 68? Why don't u join the job? Maybe in the future if you need the service I hope the OAP firefighters u crave for can still help ur family. What percentage do u pay for ur pension? It's not a race to the bottom decent people deserve decent pensions. As for mentioning his kids, yes if they do an office job then 68 could be a age to work to, but there are no office jobs for firemen. I'm sure at 51Mr Shaw will get another job and in turn generate more tax and national insurance too. youngy04

4:58pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Justintime73 says...

I can't believe the idiotic &ignorantt comments of 'aspicer'. This firefighter has served his community for 30 years, no doubt risking his life on countless ocassions saving lives. Of course he should retire at 51 years as his role obviously requires him to be extremely fit. How fit us your average 65 year old? I wonder if 'Aspicer's views would be different if it were he or one if his family members who were rescued by Pete or one of his colleagues.

I also think it is not unreasonable to retire earlier than most if you pay in, by the sounds of it, 4 times more a month than what I pay into my private pension.

Happy retirement Pete, I hope you enjoy a long & well deserved retirement.
I can't believe the idiotic &ignorantt comments of 'aspicer'. This firefighter has served his community for 30 years, no doubt risking his life on countless ocassions saving lives. Of course he should retire at 51 years as his role obviously requires him to be extremely fit. How fit us your average 65 year old? I wonder if 'Aspicer's views would be different if it were he or one if his family members who were rescued by Pete or one of his colleagues. I also think it is not unreasonable to retire earlier than most if you pay in, by the sounds of it, 4 times more a month than what I pay into my private pension. Happy retirement Pete, I hope you enjoy a long & well deserved retirement. Justintime73

4:58pm Fri 6 Dec 13

They are all heroes says...

I think it is very distasteful to bring politics onto an individuals completely earned happy retirement, this man has saved lives & property for 30years! Inhaling smoke, absorbing heat and coping with one of the most stressful jobs in the world, which can all have a negative effect on your health later in life... I am not getting into the politics but where has the respect for 'your' public services gone? They merely signed a contract at the beginning of their career that is all, and they dont wish for it to be changed for the worse, like any one of you would! I just hope and pray that if yourself or your kids ever need their help they will still be the great service they are now and continue to risk their lives for you...
I think it is very distasteful to bring politics onto an individuals completely earned happy retirement, this man has saved lives & property for 30years! Inhaling smoke, absorbing heat and coping with one of the most stressful jobs in the world, which can all have a negative effect on your health later in life... I am not getting into the politics but where has the respect for 'your' public services gone? They merely signed a contract at the beginning of their career that is all, and they dont wish for it to be changed for the worse, like any one of you would! I just hope and pray that if yourself or your kids ever need their help they will still be the great service they are now and continue to risk their lives for you... They are all heroes

4:59pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Alpaca421 says...

A spicer: shame on you. What an outrageous and misinformed comment.
Peter Shaw: I wish you all the best for a happy, healthy and much deserved retirement x
A spicer: shame on you. What an outrageous and misinformed comment. Peter Shaw: I wish you all the best for a happy, healthy and much deserved retirement x Alpaca421

5:08pm Fri 6 Dec 13

mchief says...

aspicer, the man has work tirelessly for the last 30 years of his life helping and protecting the people of London and residents of the Borough. Please show him the respect he deserves by not posting anymore negative comments. Just remember, Governments and policy makers come and go! don't fall into the media trap and take your frustrations out on hard working, ordinary people, who get caught up in other peoples politics. Thank you.
aspicer, the man has work tirelessly for the last 30 years of his life helping and protecting the people of London and residents of the Borough. Please show him the respect he deserves by not posting anymore negative comments. Just remember, Governments and policy makers come and go! don't fall into the media trap and take your frustrations out on hard working, ordinary people, who get caught up in other peoples politics. Thank you. mchief

6:05pm Fri 6 Dec 13

bonnet de douche says...

He has worked for 30 years days, nights, birthdays, christmas days, new years eves and missed family birthdays just to keep people safe. Firefighting is a physicaly demanding job and takes its toll so to retire, even over the age of 55 is dangerous and stupid. Would aspicer want a 60+ year old man or woman to be liftinh a 125kg ladder or wearing an 18kg breathing aparatus try to rescue them from a fire raging at 800℃ ? Na didn't think so. Who would? Have good retirement firefighter Pete, I and the people of Richmond salute you.
Bonnet de douche.
He has worked for 30 years days, nights, birthdays, christmas days, new years eves and missed family birthdays just to keep people safe. Firefighting is a physicaly demanding job and takes its toll so to retire, even over the age of 55 is dangerous and stupid. Would aspicer want a 60+ year old man or woman to be liftinh a 125kg ladder or wearing an 18kg breathing aparatus try to rescue them from a fire raging at 800℃ ? Na didn't think so. Who would? Have good retirement firefighter Pete, I and the people of Richmond salute you. Bonnet de douche. bonnet de douche

5:20pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Cheska1981 says...

aspicer, being the partner of a firefighter I completely disagree with your comment. I would not want my partner at 65 going into a fire as he wouldn't be at the peak of physical fitness and I would question any 65 year old who felt they could do the job at that age. The job is physically and emotionally demanding and they do alot more than people give them credit for!

However as my partner himself says when he retired from firefighting it wont stop him doing another job. So he will be paying into the pot for other people!!!

Rather than condemn poor Pete for working hard for the last 30 years to keep you and your family and friends safe, often missing birthdays, Christmas..etc and risking his life in the process, why dont you look at the people who put nothing into the pot at all! The people who chose not to work and the government who has let us get into this state in the first place.
aspicer, being the partner of a firefighter I completely disagree with your comment. I would not want my partner at 65 going into a fire as he wouldn't be at the peak of physical fitness and I would question any 65 year old who felt they could do the job at that age. The job is physically and emotionally demanding and they do alot more than people give them credit for! However as my partner himself says when he retired from firefighting it wont stop him doing another job. So he will be paying into the pot for other people!!! Rather than condemn poor Pete for working hard for the last 30 years to keep you and your family and friends safe, often missing birthdays, Christmas..etc and risking his life in the process, why dont you look at the people who put nothing into the pot at all! The people who chose not to work and the government who has let us get into this state in the first place. Cheska1981

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