Tribute to long-serving on-call firefighter

The fire service in mourning the death of a long-serving on-call firefighter.

Whittlesey on-call firefighter Malcolm Bean died suddenly following a cardiac arrest at his home on Thursday (January 14).

Whittlesey's Watch Commander mark Brown said: "With over 30 years of dedicated service, Malc was part of the fabric of Whittlesey Fire Station. Malc had a great sense of humour, jovial character and an easy going manner, so his sudden death has been devastating to us all.

"Malc was also a business man with his own estate agency, where he would arrange his schedule around his fire service commitments to ensure that the local community had availability to a rapid fire service response.

"Malc was well-liked, loved and respected within the fire service, the community of Whittlesey and the surrounding area, and his family, and his passing will leave a massive void."

Malcom, 57, joined Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service in June 1985 as an on-call firefighter at his local station.

Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland added: "It is a great sadness to have lost someone who was an integral part of not just Whittlesey Fire Station but also the village and community.

"He dedicated many years to the on-call service and in-turn, to protecting his community. It is moving to see floral tributes have been laid for Malcom at the fire station and he will be sadly missed by his friends and the people of Whittlesey. Our thoughts are with his family and we are doing everything we can to support them."