Firefighter, Ross Jacobsen (centre) was given a ‘send-off’ party by his colleagues, Dale English, Marty Arango, Brett Pittman and Al Giardini at Bankstown last week, after 24 years at the station.
OVER 25 firefighters gathered at Bankstown Fire Station last week to farewell an old mate and respected colleague.
Villawood resident Ross Jacobsen, who has been fighting fires out of Bankstown station for over 24 years, has been transferred to a less "intense" posting at Drummoyne.
"Bankstown is a 24 hour station. It's one of the busiest in NSW," Ross said.
"I'm 60 now, and the job was becoming physically demanding. Drummoyne will be a little quieter than the intensity at Bankstown and a little more to my pace."
A firefighter for 38 years, Ross started his career at Leichhardt before going onto Concord, Silverwater, and Lidcombe before joining the crew at Bankstown in 1994.
"I was working in finance before becoming a firefighter. I was sick of working in an office and wanted a job that was more physically challenging, and where I could help people," he said.
"My old football coach suggested firefighting, and that's where I ended up."
Ross says he will miss his firefighting colleagues when he leaves Bankstown for Drummoyne this week.
"They're a great bunch," he said.
Bankstown Fire Station Officer, Brett Pittman said he had worked with Ross for the last five years and he was held in high regard from his colleagues.
"Ross was the first bloke the younger firefighters turned to when needing advice from a professional, respected and experienced firefighter," he said.