Area Manager retires after serving Hampshire and West Sussex residents for three decades

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Area Manager for Response is retiring from the fire service after 32 years.

Steve Ash began his career in Hampshire and joined Stockbridge Fire Station as a retained firefighter in January 1990 before becoming a wholetime firefighter at Basingstoke three years later.

During Steve’s time in Hampshire he worked across the county in various roles, including serving as Winchester’s Station Manager when the new fire station opened in 2011, and as a Group Manager for the New Forest area. In these roles he attended numerous notable incidents such as a 17-storey high rise fire in Southsea, a large commercial garage fire in the New Forest and the Ocado warehouse fire in Andover.

Up until last year, Steve was also Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Berta and Hector Young Trust Fund which provides relief of hardship or provision of welfare for any member or former member of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service and their family.