Today’s a second, but lasting retirement for veteran fireman

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FORMER Country Fire Authority (CFA) regional officer, Neil Brock, started his second retirement yesterday when he finished his job at District 23 headquarters.

He originally retired from his command role in 1995 then returned to the CFA in 2003 to work part time with volunteer brigades by organising and sourcing new equipment.

Mr Brock originally only returned for temporary project work, but said he was happy to stay on permanently, especially to work with volunteers.

“It was a useful job, you saw a lot of purpose in what you were doing,” he said.

“The job that volunteers do is really phenomenal.”

Mr Brock said he had mixed feelings about retirement because it means leaving members he has spent so much time with and an organisation he has been part of since joining as a volunteer when he was 16.

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