Splashing send-off for Pete

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HE’S spent 37 years putting out fires and saving people’s lives.

So it only seemed fitting that Pete Scott got a roaring send-off during his final day as watch manager for Southsea fire station’s white watch yesterday.

(l-r) Matt Hooper, Jamie Wren, Pete Scott, Ben Holt and Nigel McCullen give ''Southsea Fire Station white watch manager Pete Scott a splashing send off as he retires after 37 years with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132419-819)

(l-r) Matt Hooper, Jamie Wren, Pete Scott, Ben Holt and Nigel McCullen give ''Southsea Fire Station white watch manager Pete Scott a splashing send off as he retires after 37 years with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132419-819)

Unbeknown to Pete, who has now retired from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, his colleagues set up some light-hearted practical jokes.

They hid eggs into his boots before he put them on and lined the straps of his helmet with boot polish.

He was then strapped to a chair with rope and duct tape at the back of the station before being drenched with water from hose reels and buckets.

Despite being left soaking wet afterwards, Pete said he would have been disappointed if the crew hadn’t put the effort in.

Later on he was presented with a tankard.

Talking about how he felt about leaving the job he loves, Pete said: ‘It’s a sad feeling.

‘It’s been a big part of my life for 37 years. I’ve enjoyed going out there helping people.

‘If we can leave a situation better by the time we return to the station, then we have done our job.’

Pete started his career at Copnor’s former fire station when firefighters were known as firemen.

He then went to Cosham and Southsea afterwards as a leading fireman – the equivalent to a modern-day crew manager.

He then did a brief spell in Gosport before going back to Copnor for 17 years.

Before its closure he moved on to Southsea again, where he’s spent the last seven years.

Pete said it was a family friend who helped him get started.

‘I wanted a career,’ he said.

‘A family friend knew someone at Copnor and arranged for me to have a chat and it flourished from there.’

Pete now intends to spend more time with his wife Sue, 57, and children Andrew, 22, and Hannah, 20.

He loves hiking and wants to do some travelling.

Crew manager Jamie Wren said: ‘It’s like the end of an era.

‘Working with Pete has been a complete pleasure.’

Pete’s official retirement do will be held at Southsea fire station on Saturday, September 14.