New chaplain to the fire service

The Revd David Milner says he feels “privileged and excited” about his new role as chaplain to Notts Fire and Rescue Service.

He took over from the Venerable Robin Turner at the beginning of April after being asked by Bishop Tony Porter to consider taking on the job.

“My aim is to visit every fire station within my first 12 months, though it will take longer to meet all the personnel as they will be on different watches. It is a great privilege to take on this role. I have already visited a number of stations, and have attended a passing out parade at Ollerton.”

As part of his role, David will make himself available to staff who want to talk to someone in confidence, working at all levels of the service, from the chiefs at fire headquarters to the men and women on the ground.

He might also be asked to attend major incidents to be available to firefighters and other people at the scene: “I won’t be rolling out any hoses, I’ll be keeping out of the way but being there for anyone who wants to talk or needs some support.”

During his station visits he has been made to feel very welcome: “Goodness knows what they really think but they have been fantastic – I am always offered a cup of tea.”

David, who is Priest in Charge at Farndon with Thorpe, Hawton and Cotham, is soon to retire but will continue as chaplain in his retirement.