Over thirty years ago, Malcolm Castle joined Shropshire Fire Service at the young and naive age of 18. Before he joined he thought the job would be a regular succession of dynamic fires with the rescue of various fair damsels in distress thrown in for good measure. He very quickly learned that this was just a fanciful dream. The reality was altogether different.
The ambulance service looked after people as they transported them to hospital, the police dealt with all things to do with law and order, but the fire service were called to anything and everything else, and what's more, were expected to be experts in whatever they were faced with!
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He found that in rural Shropshire the variety of callouts was incredibly diverse; from cats up chimneys, to parachutists up trees, from teenagers down wells, half way up cliffs, or stuck in a playground swing, to elderly people stuck in their bath, or driving their car through the window of the local deli. Animals featured heavily in his work, and wherever they got themselves trapped it was the good old fire service which would be called on to get them out. Even when they fell in slurry pits, they still had to be rescued!
This rich source of bizarre, fascinating, unbelievable, but almost always hilarious stories has been used to entertain a diverse collection of groups over the last 16 years, with many return invitations to hear another selection of stories. Malcolm Castle has written a book called 'A Fireman's Lift', which is an illustrated selection of some of the stories he tells in his speeches. Also 'All Fired Up' has just been released which is the first of a series of books telling the story of his fascinating and often humorous journey through life in the rural fire service.
The lighter side of a fireman's life - An eye opening, and funny journey through the life and experiences of a rural fire brigade.
Tales from the fireside - A collection of hilarious stories and incidents focusing on the huge variety of fires we've dealt with over the years.
Cats, callouts and calamities - Funny, fascinating, and often bizarre stories of animals and the unbelievable situations they get themselves into.
A Fireman's Lift - A diverse collection of all the best loved and most popular stories woven together to create a memorable evening that will send you home smiling!