Thursday, September 22, 2022

Station Officer Mick Hogan who recently retired after 36 years of unbroken service

CARLOW County Fire Service bid a fond farewell recently to Mick Hogan, station officer for Bagenalstown Fire Brigade, who retired after over 36 years of unbroken service to the county.

Mick initially joined Bagenalstown Fire Brigade as a retained firefighter in December 1986 before being promoted to substation officer in March 1996 and station officer in January 2006.

Over his career, Mick attended thousands of emergency incidents in Bagenalstown and across Co Carlow. His knowledge of local geography, of Mount Leinster and the Blackstairs mountains, meant his decisions and leadership at gorse fires resulted in them being extinguished efficiently and safely. Mick concluded his service on 31 August.

Outside of his career in the fire service, Mick works as a laboratory scientist. His expertise was an invaluable asset to the fire service when confronted with an incident where there may have been dangerous chemicals or gases present. Mick was highly regarded by his fire service colleagues not only in Carlow but right across Ireland.

Mick instructed in a number of different training courses in the fire service and trained a large number of recruit firefighters from across the country in Hacketstown training centre. He also was a key member of staff in the fire and rescue service obtaining OHSAAS 18001 and ISO 45001 accreditation for its safety management system.

All of his colleagues in the fire and rescue service wish Mick and his family well in his retirement. An event will be held next month to mark Mick’s departure.

Mick Hogan, third from left, pictured with other new recruits to Carlow County Fire Service in 1987

Mick Hogan (back row, third from left) with fellow firefighters from Bagenalstown Fire Brigade

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