Firefighter Mark receives 20-year award

Mark Bowkett (a firefighter at Featherstone) has just received a medal for 20 years fire service. (P533D327)
Mark Bowkett (a firefighter at Featherstone) has just received a medal for 20 years fire service. (P533D327)
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A dedicated firefighter who has served the community in Featherstone for 20 years has been given a special award.

Mark Bowkett, 47, who started work as a part time, or retained, firefighter in Featherstone in 1992, received the long service medal last month at a ceremony at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Headquarters.

Mr Bowkett, who also works full-time at the town’s Lin Pac Packaging, said: “I’m really proud to get the medal - it’s quite an achievement.

“There are a few of the other firefighters who have also been doing the job for quite a while.”

Mr Bowkett and his fellow retained firefighters at Featherstone carry a bleeper and have to be available to respond to fire alarms within five minutes.

He said: “You never know when you’re going to be called out or where you’re going to be called to.

“I am on call 90 per cent of the time. If I’m not at work I’m on call.

“I really enjoy it. I think the reason I’ve done it for so long is a combination between the banter with the lads at the station and the adrenaline rush you get when you’re called out.”

Mr Bowkett received his award from Dr Ingrid Rose, Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.

He said he hopes to continue doing it the job for as long as he can.

He added: “As long as I am fit enough I will carry on doing it.

“I would like to work for at least 25 years, that’s the next milestone.”