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Memories of former Lancashire fire chief

Tributes: Jack Warden has died at the age of 89

Tributes: Jack Warden has died at the age of 89

A former Chief Fire Officer of Lancashire has died at the age of 89.

John Warden passed away on Christmas Day.

Known as Jack, Mr Warden was born in Darwen in 1924 and after wartime service in the Royal Navy, joined the National Fire Service (NFS) in 1946, working in Bristol.

Following the disbanding of the National Fire Service and the introduction of county fire brigades in April 1948, he returned to work in his native Lancashire.

He went on to serve with fire services in Hertfordshire and Gloucester at the Fire Service College.

Stints in Manchester, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Glamorgan followed, before he returned once more to Lancashire as Chief Fire Officer from December 1973 until his retirement in November 1983.

During this latter period, he was based at the county fire service HQ at Fulwood, and he lived in Catterall, near Garstang.

It was an illustrious career in both navy and the fire service.

His six years of service in the Royal Navy began shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War and he was awarded the British Empire Medal for the part he played during the Sicilian landings in 1943.

Other honours heaped on Mr Warden included the Queen’s Fire Service Medal.

He was a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers. FIFireE

He had spent his retirement years in Margate, Kent and retained a strong interest in the fire service.

Last year, he joined the national debate about the future of the nation’s fire service, corresponding with several newspapers.

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